The helicopter has long been regarded as the default choice for crew supply due to its speed, flexibility and passenger comfort. Marine crew transportation has until recently being regarded as slow and more hazardous. Three specific technological advancements, high-speed hull design, DP2 automatic vessel station keeping and advances in transfer capsule design, now offers high-speed marine crew supply, with levels of passenger safety and comfort that exceed helicopter transfers. Utilizing the ‘state of the art’ CrewZer Class vessel, this new crew supply solution is leading many operators to re-evaluate their crew supply options. This paper describes the system in full, the experiences of the first year in operation and goes on to explore likely future developments in crew supply operations.
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