Alicat Workboats to build FOUR new vessels to support E.ON\’s offshore wind generation
Alicat Workboats will construct four bespoke aluminium catamarans for the UK energy supplier E.ON in the latter part of this year – with the first serving E.ON’s Robin Rigg Wind Farm off the Solway Firth, near Cumbria.
Alicat Workboats’ 75 staff produce approx eight vessels a year from its operating base in Great Yarmouth.
The E.ON contract will see one 19m high-speed wind farm service vessel, two 17m, and one 12m support vessel. The vessels will be capable of reaching speeds up to 30 knots. Each boat will help in the operation and maintenance of offshore wind farms.
Steve Thacker, General Manager of Alicat Workboats, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with E.ON on this project. At Alicat we are as committed to the aftercare of the vessels as we are to building them in the first place and we look forward to forming a close working relationship during the construction of these vessels and beyond. You will see in the coming months our true commitment to supporting the aftercare of our customers vessels and that of ALL vessels within the energy and commercial fishing industry that work off our shores.”
Jon Beresford, Offshore Wind Operations Manager at E.ON, said: “Not only is Alicat very near to our Scroby Sands operational base, it also offers a quality product with through-life service which, as vessel owners is extremely important to us.
“Their capability for a comprehensive after-sales support makes them so much more than boat builders and we are very much looking forward to working together.”