Alicat Workboats Ltd., one the UK’s foremost manufacturers of state of the art Wind Farm Crew Transfer Vessels (CTV’s), has received a £2.1 million order from local company, Iceni Marine Services Ltd. of Lowestoft for a Global Marine designed Alicat 21m Catamaran.

The new vessel is to be delivered to Iceni Marine Services during Q1, 2015 from Great Yarmouth. The next few months are set to be very busy for both Alicat Workboats, sister company South Boats IOW and Iceni Marine Services with delivery of the Alicat 21m in February along with “Iceni Venture”, a South Boats Catamaran 22m from Cowes at the end of February and “Iceni Vengeance”, a South Boats Catamaran 22m also from Great Yarmouth at the end of March, both of which have already been contracted to O&M direct by utility companies.

Picture – Iceni’s new 21m Alicat design WFSV

The Alicat 21m vessel, yet to be named, is a third of class design already in service on two UK projects and features a resiliently mounted centre twin deck superstructure with forward and after cargo decks capable of carrying 7 tonnes of equipment. Fitted with twin MAN V12-1400 main engines and Rolls Royce FF550 water jets the vessel returns 30 knot performance and excellent fuel efficiency at normal operational speeds. The vessel carries up to 12 technicians alongside up to 3 crew under UK MCA Category 2 (MGN280M) code of practice.

“Our companies have enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Iceni Marine Services Ltd. and have seen them grow their fleet by eight vessels including this milestone order, their first vessel from Alicat Workboats. Our philosophy of continuing to build vessels to stock, when order book permits, means that we can deliver this 21m vessel within 2 months to meet Iceni’s requirement’’ said Ben Colman of Alicat Workboats & South Boats IOW.

“It’s no secret that CTV operators are looking for reliable, high quality vessels that are tailor-made to cope with the increasingly demanding requirements of working on offshore projects worldwide – that’s why the on-going, retained client relationship with Iceni is so significant.”

“We are getting increasing demand for vessels of this size that we do not currently have in our fleet. With the support of the Turner Group board we are able to add not only this vessel but also the two new build South Boats we currently have under construction in Cowes and Great Yarmouth. The fact that the vessel is already in build to stock, with a very short lead time, is very attractive and enables us to fulfil current demand from Q1, 2015. We have built up excellent relations with both South Boats IOW and now Alicat Workboats – the commercial strength and location of the two ship yards in the UK gives us and our parent company every confidence in the yard’s capabilities and we look forward to extending this relationship and making further announcement shortly.” said Richard Thurlow of Iceni Marine Services.

“As a former apprentice at Richards Dry Dock & Engineering, I am immensely proud to be in a position to order our first vessel from Alicat Workboats (part of the RDDE group) and to support shipbuilding in Great Yarmouth.” said Guy Gibson of Iceni Marine Services.

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