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IMTRA equipment picked for America’s first wind farm CTV

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Atlantic Pioneer, America's first U.S. flagged offshore wind Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV)

APRIL 22, 2016 — IMTRA, New Bedford, MA, has delivered a number of equipment items for the first U.S.-flagged offshore wind farm crew transfer vessel (CTV), Atlantic Pioneer, recently delivered by Blount Boats’ Warren, RI, shipyard to Atlantic Wind Transfers (see earlier story).

IMTRA has supplied the Colorlight CL20 high-output searchlight, Decca Straight Line wiper system, and LED deck, interior and engine room lights for the 69-foot vessel.

“We are proud to help outfit the very first U.S. offshore wind farm CTV,” said Eric Braitmayer, CEO, IMTRA. “The Colorlight CL20 is a powerful searchlight, offering tremendous operational freedom through its unlimited movement design, while the Decca wipers and IMTRA LED lights set the standard for performance and reliability. We are privileged to have been selected to supply this vessel and to work so closely with Blount Boats. We know our products won’t let them down.”

The Colorlight CL20 halogen dual-lamp searchlight can rotate a full 360 degrees on two axes, which allows it to illuminate all parts of the wind turbine from directly underneath – ideal for this application. Powered by 24VDC, each of the two lights is rated at 250 watts and its IP66 rating and acid-proof stainless steel housing enables the unit to withstand extreme marine environments. For additional durability, searchlight operation is controlled by powerful brushless digital motors with no external mechanical moving parts.

Decca Straight Line wiper systems are manufactured specifically for use in commercial applications. Made in Norway and designed for North Sea conditions, they are engineered to work in the worst conditions – when they are needed most. Each wiper can clear as much as 90 percent of the window.

A range of IMTRA LED lights are installed on the Atlantic Pioneer to help create a safer and more comfortable working environment for crew members. In the engine room, LED ERL’s provide bright, cool white light to make engine inspection and maintenance easier. Walkways are illuminated by F25 lights and Cockpit Spreaders provide lighting across the decks. IMTRA Omega and Ventura lights are installed throughout crew stations and the pilot house. The bi-color Ventura offers white light for daylight use and red light to reduce night blindness. Both Omega and Ventura lights are wired to operate in 24VDC and 110VAC power environments, and double as back-up lights in emergency situations.
All of the IMTRA lights on the Atlantic Pioneer are IP65 compliant.

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