Seacat Services has placed an order for up to 4 new vessels with Alicat sister company South Boats IoW. The DNV-GL class-certified next generation 23m and 27m catamarans have been specifically designed to cater for the changing needs of European offshore projects, Seacat said in a press release issued today.
With Seacat Mischief currently on sea trials and Seacat Magic preparing to join Seacat Services’ operational fleet in February 2016, these 4 new catamarans, named Seacat Freedom (23m), Seacat Enterprise (27m), Seacat Liberty (23m) and Seacat Weatherly (27m), are scheduled for launch throughout 2016 and 2017.
Photo – Seacat Mischief
Once complete, these vessels will extend Seacat Services’ fleet to fifteen.
“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,” said Ian Baylis, Managing Director, Seacat Services. “Our latest order, which includes an all new design 27m vessel, will help Seacat Services prepare for the needs of these projects.”
“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.”
Steve Thacker, Director, South Boats IOW, added: “Despite Seacat Services’ strong European presence, it has not lost sight of its commitment to the Isle of Wight community.
“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.”