French ship builder Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie (CMN), based at Cherbourg, has launched a new series of multipurpose barges aimed at the offshore wind industry alongside other sectors.
Depending on the equipment installed, the barges can be used for various tasks associated with the installation of offshore wind plant, including dredging, drilling, installing anchor poles and laying cables, as well as maintenance services.
The vessels are 12-25m long and offer 360-degree vision from the bridge. The hull is designed for optimum stability, high carrying capacity and low fuel consumption, according to CMN. The modular design means they can be fitted with various types of cranes, drills, hoists, engines and access ramps.
CMN, which is seeking to diversify away from the naval sector, said it is in discussions with well-established offshore services companies in France, UK and Northern Europe. It is also in talks with the companies involved in the projects awarded in France's first round of the offshore tender.