Transatlantic alliance

Mon, 13 July 2015

UK based Alicat Workboats/ South Boats and USA headquartered Tampa Yacht Manufacturing have announced that they have signed an agreement that will allow the build of Tampa Yacht military monohulls in the UK and Alicat catamarans in the USA.

Both South Boats IOW and Alicat Workboats are well known for their aluminium and GRP catamarans that are used extensively throughout the offshore workboat sector and in particular the offshore wind industry. The companies have vessel construction and maintenance facilities in both Cowes, Isle of Wight (South Coast UK) and Great Yarmouth, Norfolk (East Coast UK).

Tampa Yacht Manufacturing with subsidiaries Tampa Defense USA and Tampa Defence UK are designers and builders of composite Fast Interceptors, Patrol Craft, Force Protection Craft and Rigid Inflatables for the Military, Para Military and Special Forces market.

The companies will be helping each other in different markets worldwide and sharing technical and manufacturing knowledge. By building in its respective yards the companies can build for markets and customers that are difficult to access from their respective territories. In the agreement Tampa Yacht designs will be built in the UK for clients and operators across the UK, and the EU. Tampa Yacht Manufacturing will build Alicat Workboats catamarans in the USA for the North and South American territories for the Energy, Pollution Control and Military and workboat markets. The companies see this agreement as a significant advancement in the growth of their businesses and the development of customer support and services.

Ben Colman of Alicat Workboats Ltd. and South Boats IOW Ltd said: “We have been looking for an effective and efficient route into the military, para military and special forces sector where mission requirements dictate vessel design and construction parameters. Following extensive discussions with Tampa Yacht Manufacturing we believe this license for their Defence vessels gives us the right path into the sector.”

Bob Stevens of Tampa Yacht Manufacturing LLC added: “We have been focused on the Defence sector for many years and have successfully supplied vessels to multiple government agencies across the world. We have seen an increasing demand for large, capable and mission specific catamarans and the Alicat Workboats design suits these requirements. We are delighted to now be in a position to expand our portfolio.”

Source: Jake Frith;

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