There will be a new vessel in the Lotos Petrobaltic SA fleet

Lotos Petrobaltic SA, an Orlen Group company, has signed a contract for the construction of the Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV) StratCat 27. The contract was concluded with Strategic Marine, a Singapore-based shipyard that specialises in building vessels for the offshore industry. The vessel is scheduled for delivery this summer, with delivery to Europe in early September 2024.

Miliana Shipmanagement Limited, acting as a commercial operator, servicing, among others, production platforms belonging to Lotos Petrobaltic SA, will expand its existing fleet with another vessel in connection with the transaction.

This will be the first vessel of this type in Lotos Petrobaltic SA Group, designed to provide services in the offshore wind farm market. As part of gaining experience in the offshore wind energy (OWE) area, the vessel will start transferring technicians in the North Sea in the first phase, and eventually in the area of the Polish Exclusive Economic Zone of the Baltic Sea. The Technical Ship Management company will be responsible for the technical management of the acquired vessel.

“The contract to build the new CTV StratCat 27 for Miliana Shipmanagement is another step for us to develop our business in the OWE sector and to create a fleet of vessels serving the Polish offshore wind sector. With more than 34 years of offshore experience, we can deliver high quality services in domestic and international markets. We are planning to acquire further vessels,” – says Grzegorz Strzelczyk, CEO of LOTOS Petrobaltic SA.

The StratCat 27 is an innovative Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV). This vessel is designed to service offshore wind farms and therefore must meet stringent efficiency, performance and safety requirements. Its design is based on advanced technologies that allow it to achieve optimum performance with minimal fuel consumption.

The StratCat 27 meets the latest Tier III emission requirements and is suitable for the installation of a hybrid system in the next stage. The vessel will be adapted to operate in the harsher conditions of the Baltic Sea through the use of reinforced hull plating. This makes the StratCat 27 capable of carrying technicians and supplies over considerable distances, while maintaining a high level of comfort and safety.

One of the key features of this vessel is its smooth operation even in the most demanding weather conditions, which is essential when working at sea. In addition, the StratCat 27 is equipped with state-of-the-art navigation and communication systems to ensure maximum safety and efficiency of operations.

The vessel’s interior has been designed for the comfort and convenience of the crew (it can accommodate up to nine crew members) and technicians (24) operating offshore wind farms.

The vessel has been designed by the experienced, reputable ship design and consultancy BMT Ltd.

In November 2023, BMT announced that it had entered into a long-term agreement (LTA) with Singapore’s Strategic Marine, establishing, as the official announcement put it, “a strong partnership to lead vessels for the offshore wind sector into a more sustainable future”. According to BMT, “this partnership will introduce state-of-the-art design solutions, for the achievement of emission reduction targets, particularly focusing on the development of the world-leading StratCat CTV series”.


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