FRS Windcat Polska Sp. z o.o. has ordered two CTVs (crew transfer vessels) from the ALU International Ltd. shipyard in Gdansk, with an option for additional vessels. These vessels will support the development of Polish offshore wind farms.

FRS Windcat Poland, established in 2018 as part of the FRS and Windcat alliance, operates a fleet of nearly 60 CTV vessels across Europe. The company is developing a local team and training Polish seafarers on its European fleet.

New vessels adapted for hydrogen use

The vessels ordered are the new MK5 design, based on the earlier MK3.5H2 and MK4 series. The vessels have a length of 27 metres, a cargo area of 80m² and an optimised hull shape for improved comfort and seaworthiness. The hydrogen system allows up to 458kg of hydrogen to be carried on board or can be installed later.

Production in Poland

Construction of the hulls began in April at the ALU International shipyard in Gdansk, which has more than 30 years of experience in building aluminium ships. The contract covers two vessels to be delivered in 2025.

Tim Kunstmann, Managing Director FRS Windcat Poland, said: “The order of CTV vessels built by a Polish shipyard demonstrates our commitment to providing quality vessels that are “Made in Poland” to serve the growing offshore wind industry in Poland.”

Jakub Budzynski, CEO of the Polish Offshore Wind Energy Chamber, added: “FRS Windcat Polska’s decision to entrust the construction of two hulls of CTV-class vessels in H2 Ready technology to a Polish contractor is very good news for our shipbuilding industry.”

FRS Windcat Polska, based in Gdansk, offers CTV vessels for the Polish offshore wind market. The company is a member of the Polish Offshore Wind Energy Chamber (PIMEW) and has more than 20 years of experience in the offshore logistics sector. Worldwide, FRS operates a fleet of around 60 vessels, carrying 5.7 million passengers and 1.5 million vehicles annually.