Alicat launches first of four wind workboats

The 19m Solway Challenger starts sea trials, before undertaking crew and equipment transfer tasks at UK offshore wind farm The 19m Solway Challenger starts sea trials, before undertaking crew and equipment transfer tasks at UK offshore wind farm

Seawork exhibitor Alicat Workboats, which acquired South Boats IOW in 2012, has successfully completed and launched the first of four offshore wind farm workboats for a major energy utility.

South Boats IOW is a class-leading workboat manufacturer with a dedicated facility of the Isle of Wight. Combined, the two complimentary businesses provide wind farm charter firms, developers and investors with a multi-site manufacturing, service and repair hub, as well as a wide array of vessel selection and choice. 

The 19-metre workboat, named Solway Challenger, will now complete preliminary sea trials, with Alicat Workboats working closely with the energy utility throughout, before the vessel is deployed for long-term operations and maintenance work. 

The bespoke, aluminum hulled catamaran offers a greater loading capacity across the fore deck, a completely redesigned saloon and island wheelhouse arrangement. Powered by two MAN V12 engines and with jet propulsion supplied via twin Rolls Royce water jets, the vessel will be capable of 30 knots.

Steve Thacker, General Manager Alicat Workboats said: “Working closely with the client over the past six months, we’re confident that we’ve delivered a high quality product that sets the standard for future operations and activity on the site. As part of this contract, over the course of the next nine months, we’ll be manufacturing and delivering the final three workboats that together help safeguard and protect the utility’s wind energy operations in the future.”

In the first six months of 2013, Alicat Workboats has manufactured and built one class-certified vessel and a further three non class-certified vessels, for the European market at its Great Yarmouth facility.

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