18th January 2016, Cowes – South Boats IOW Ltd. and Alicat Workboats Ltd., builders of aluminium workboats has today received an order from Iceni Marine Services Ltd. for the purchase of a new build South Boats IOW 23m Offshore Wind CTV plus options for a further two vessels.
The first vessel will feature twin MAN V12-1400 main engines coupled to Hamilton HM651 water jet propulsion for speeds up to 30 knots and efficient cruising speeds coupled to high bollard pull capability. The vessel will have a resiliently mounted superstructure ensuring low noise and vibration levels for twelve industrial personnel whilst passaging to and from site and forward and after cargo decks capable of carrying fifteen tonnes of equipment. Existing 23m vessels, in service with Iceni Marine Services and others, have proven exceptional with class leading sea keeping and transfer capabilities.
This vessel, to be named ‘Iceni Defender’ is to be built at Great Yarmouth to satisfy Iceni’s delivery requirements and is essentially a repeat order for the 2015 delivered, ‘Iceni Vengeance’, which is currently working on O&M with RWE Innogy’s flagship Gwynt y Mor offshore wind farm.
Richard Thurlow of Iceni Marine Services Ltd:
“Having fully researched the market we have once again selected the South Boats IOW 23m. The capabilities demonstrated by the ‘Iceni Venture’ and ‘Iceni Vengeance’, our existing 23m vessels have been nothing short of remarkable.”
Ben Colman of South Boats IOW Ltd. & Alicat Workboats Ltd:
“The South Boats IOW 23m design was developed following an extensive hull form research and development programme. The 23m offers very low noise levels combined with reduced vessel motions to ensure that crew and technicians remain within accepted guidelines for human factors and sea sickness ensuring that the vessel can operate in the harshest environment, delivering technicians fit and able to fulfil their tasks offshore. We are building this vessel at our Great Yarmouth facility, which is close to Iceni’s main office and ensures a timely delivery.”