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The BMS-1776: An SOV for the US Market

Baker Marine Solutions (BMS) is proud to present the BMS 1776, a U.S. designed wind farm Service Operation Vessel (SOV).

The BMS 1776 is designed to ABS class standards and is fully certified to operate in U.S. waters, utilizing U.S. offshore workers. It has been designed specifically to be built in the U.S. and can be constructed in any yard with sufficient space for the hull length.

The construction design eliminates the need for advanced fabrication techniques, such as hot and cold steel rolling. This reduces overall construction costs and reduces the total build time.

In doing our part to protect the future of our country’s economy while helping the industry achieve its ambitious net-zero goals, the following steps were taken to reduce carbon emissions in the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the design:

  • Hull optimization studies from MARIN increased hull efficiency by 23%, resulting in a top speed of 13.5 knots.
  • A “digital twin” of the vessel is kept using existing production models, allowing monitoring of the life cycle for every part on board. This results in easy maintenance scheduling while minimizing down time.
  • Spec’d with a state-of-the-art BlueDrive PlusC system from Siemens will increase safety, cut operational costs, improve lifecycle economics, and decrease the total carbon footprint.
  • Variable-speed generators allows engines to run at optimal speed set points based on most-efficient fuel consumption and torque capability.
  • Available hybrid battery system can store excess energy and enable peak shaving when required. The battery system further increases redundancy and improves dynamic operation of the engines, while lowering total running hours.
  • Electric regenerative actuation allows walk-to-work gangway system to decrease energy use by more than 80% when compared to hydraulic power pack-driven models.
  • Construction using recycled steel reduces CO2 emissions by up to 2,625,000 kilograms relative to conventional steel.
  • Direct emissions monitoring allows operators to track emissions onboard and remotely in real time.

BMS President Jim Baker said, “With the U.S. offshore wind industry expanding rapidly, U.S. companies must be ready to build SOV’s designed specifically for U.S. shipyards to support the installation and maintenance of domestic wind farms.

“The BMS 1776 brings this capability back home.”