Seacat invests in new vessels

Mon, 23 November 2015

UK offshore energy support vessel operator, Seacat Services, has places an order for four new vessels with local boat builder South Boats on the Isle of Wight.

The DNV-GL class-certified 23m and 27m catamarans have been specifically designed to meet the growing demands of the European offshore sector.

Ian Baylis, managing director of Seacat, said: “Despite financial challenges to established offshore markets, round three projects are still set to go ahead, and these will require greater capability and flexibility from support vessels,”

He added: “Our latest order, which includes an all new design 27m vessel, will help Seacat Services prepare for the needs of these projects.”

The new 27m vessel will be able to carry two 20ft containers in addition to its regular complement of 24 wind farm personnel. It will be able to operate consistently for extended periods of time offshore due to its capacity to carry 40,000l of fuel.

It will offer an autonomous combination of crew transfer and re-supply in deep water construction, operations and maintenance.

Mr Baylis continued: “In addition, other European markets are stepping up their offshore plans, and the increase in our fleet should help meet the growing demands these present.”

“With the combination of vessels we have available, we feel that we can provide a new versatility in transfer and supply rarely equaled in the offshore wind industry.”

The two 23m vessels which are on order are to add more diversity and functionality to the fleet. With new offshore wind projects emerging in the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium and France, Seacat Services is able to match the vessel with the induvial client.

“Despite Seacat Services’ strong European presence, it has not lost sight of its commitment to the Isle of Wight community,” said Steve Thacker, director of South Boats IOW.

He concluded: “Not only has it invested substantially into the local economy, it has also dedicated significant amounts of time and energy into establishing the Isle of Wight as an international renewables hub. This latest order will only help forward that cause.”

Source: Alice Mason;

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