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Seacat expands fleet, prepares for European wind farm growth

Seacat expands fleet, prepares for European wind farm growth
Offshore energy supply services company Seacat Services has ordered two 27 m and two 23 m catamarans from local yard South Boats IoW (Isle of Wight) for the UK and German offshore wind industries.

As well as 24 wind farm personnel, the new 27 m vessels will be capable of carrying 4 teu of supplies and equipment. The vessels can also carry 40,000 litres of fuel, enabling them to operate for extended periods at sea and service wind farm blocks further away from shore.

The vessels are due for delivery throughout 2016 and 2017, with the first, 27 m Seacat Enterprise, followed by 23 m Seacat Freedom, 23 m Seacat Liberty and 27 m Seacat Weatherly.

“Despite financial challenges to established offshore markets, [UK] Round Three projects are still set to go ahead, and these will require greater capability and flexibility from support vessels,” said Ian Baylis, md of Seacat Services. “Our latest order, which includes an all new design 27 m vessel, will help Seacat Services prepare for the needs of these projects.”

“In addition, other European markets are stepping up their offshore plans, and the increase in our fleet should help meet the growing demands these present,” he added.