Acta Marine bolsters workboat sustainability credentials with new vessel

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Netherlands-based Acta Marine says that the newest addition to its fleet, the Coastal Crown, will be the most sustainable workboat on the market.

The 36m-long vessel, which will be delivered this summer, will be an ultra-shallow draft Multicat-type, equipped with Tier III engines said to lower NOx emissions by 73% compared with existing units. She will be equipped with a 300kWh battery-hybrid pack for both propulsion and to provide power to the ship’s accommodation, resulting in up to a 15% reduction in fuel and CO emissions.

The vessel is currently under construction at the Bijlsma Wartena shipyard in the Netherlands, and is being supported by a Sustainable Shipbuilding Subsidy from the Netherlands’ government.

With this new vessel, Acta Marine hopes it will be able to support its clients to include more sustainable workboat solutions in commercial offerings and projects. This is relevant in both the offshore renewables market and for coastal infrastructure construction projects.

“With our new Coastal Crown we are taking a big step in offering our clients marine services, such as anchor handling, route clearance, cable burial, wire laying and dredging support with substantially reduced emissions,” said company MD Govert Jan van Oord. “As a company that is in business for the long term, stewardship is in our DNA and this investment emphasizes our commitment to reduce our emissions and create a more sustainable future.”

Tjeerd Wiebe Bijlsma, MD of the Bijlsma Wartena shipyard, added, “We are very pleased that Acta Marine returned to Bijlsma Wartena for this newbuilding workboat, after having delivered other newbuilt vessels in the past decade. The excellent cooperation between both companies, and with our key suppliers, enables the innovative Coastal Crown to be designed and built at the highest industry standards.”

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