A New Breed of Offshore Wind Support Vessel Isle of Wight, U.K. energy support vessel operator, Seacat Services, has introduced a new category of vessel for the offshore wind market, designed to provide both rapid crew transfer and wide-ranging logistics support for extended periods at sea. Currently under construction at the South Boats IoW shipyard, Seacatâ€™s first High Speed Utility Vessel (HSUV), the 27m catamaran Seacat Enterprise is scheduled to launch in January 2017. Seacat says that in the maturing European offshore wind sector, the expectations of developers, contractors and project operators with respect to the capabilities of support vessel fleets are becoming increasingly defined. The modern support vessel works around the clock in conjunction with larger floatels and installation vessels to transfer technicians and cargo to and from all project-critical infrastructure. This makes availability and versatility critical, and these attributes are being fed into the design and development of the next generation of offshore wind workboats. Seacat Enterprise is the latest product of a long-term collaborative R&D program with boat builder South Boats IoW and
Alicat Marine Design. A number of structural modifications, including substantially enhanced cargo and fuel carrying capacity, enable the vessel to carry up to four 20-foot containers, along with a full complement of 24 safetytrained personnel and six crew. A new stern fender system allows cargo to be unloaded from the aft deck via crane,
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increasing the options available for the transfer of key equipment. The system is coupled with a new dynamic bow fender design that ensures the safe and efficient transfer of technicians to and from the vessel. With an extremely large fuel capacity, Seacat Enterprise can remain operational for extended periods. Seacat Enterprise will be available for charter February 2017.