With the onset of the Blue Economy, an increasing number of vessels for coastal and offshore duties will be in operation. Although many of these activities require dedicated vessels, all activities benefit from lowering of costs by employing a modular design of vessel and equipment. Within a relatively short period of time, ships can be refurbished to facilitate new offshore activities. Many of the vessels will be deployed as search-and-rescue vessels in case of emergencies.
The offshore workboats will be characterised by a large operation
window in adverse sea states. Cost of operation will be minimised by allowing crew to perform their tasks in a safe and healthy manner for most of the year. Although energy efficiency will not be the main economical driver for these vessels, dedicated ship design and propulsors will ensure a low power consumption in transit and operation. Noise emissions, both into the ship and under water, will be low to comply with strict regulations.
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