Strategic Marine to build CTVs for WEM

Malcolm Latarche

Malcolm Latarche · 15 October 2020


Singapore based shipbuilder, Strategic Marine has clinched a newbuild contract for two 27m Crew Transfer Vessels (CTVs), complete with comprehensive financing solution for UK-based offshore support provider WEM Marine.

The contract includes an arrangement with financial investors providing WEM with an end-to-end package from shipbuilding construction financing to post-delivery financing. This is its first order with the Strategic Marine Group.

Having been acquired by new investors in May 2019, Strategic Marine has unveiled a full suite of financial services to provide a seamless transaction for its customers. The new financing solutions offered to WEM include construction finance, leasing option arrangements and investor equity funding with flexible purchase options.

“We are delighted with this new partnership with WEM as it is a significant milestone for us in building up our presence again in the renewable energy sector. The last 18 months have been an exciting journey as we have reconnected with many of our old customers who have welcomed us back. With our superior technical expertise and experienced team in place, we are confident of delivering quality offshore support vessels to service the growing renewable energy market,” said Strategic Marine’s CEO Chan Eng Yew.

“This is also the first time we can offer comprehensive and flexible financial solutions in conjunction with our newbuild contracts which has been very well-received. We understand that securing financing for offshore assets in this economic climate is quite challenging. However, for qualified operators, we see this as an opportunity to deliver additional value and can certainly bridge that gap for them,” he added.

The CTVs will be built in Singapore and are expected to be delivered by May 2021. The 27m crew transfer vessels have been designed to meet the specific requirements of WEM which intends to deploy the vessels in European waters. The vessels are powered by two Caterpillar C32 engines driving fixed pitch propellers providing a robust and efficient propulsion system. 24 technicians and three crew can be comfortably accommodated onboard and personnel transfer to the wind turbines is facilitated by a patented active fendering system.

WEM Marine’s Managing Director Mr David Ford said, “Strategic Marine is well known for building industry leading CTVs for the offshore wind industry and throughout our dealings with them, they have demonstrated the highest level of professionalism so we are pleased to award them the contract. As the demand for clean energy grows, so does our need to invest in future-ready OSVs which addresses energy efficiency and emissions head-on.”

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