Offshore energy support vessel (OESV) operator receives a new 23m vessel into its fleet, as offshore wind market fragments
Offshore energy crew transfer vessel operator, Seacat Services, has added a new 23m vessel to its fleet. The South Boats IoW built catamaran, named Seacat Mischief, joined the fleet in late November, and is currently being readied for deployment.
As the European offshore wind market focuses on the three increasingly distinct areas of deeper water construction, expansion in new markets and existing operations and maintenance activity, vessel operators have to think carefully about their fleet capabilities. Seacat Services’ new 23m vessels, in conjunction with its 21m, 24m and 26m catamarans - and soon to be built 27m boats - can provide a host of different solutions to meet these changing demands.
This fleet dynamism has seen Seacat Services vessels deployed consistently through 2015, as existing projects are brought online, and Round 3 projects undergo initial survey work.
Seacat Mischief is the first vessel to be delivered as part of an order signed with British boat-builder South Boats IoW in February 2015 for two 23m catamarans. The 23m South Cat vessels are certified to the DNV-GL 1A1 HSLC R1 Windfarm Service 1 classification, placing them in the top tier of offshore energy workboats.
Seacat Mischief and her sister vessel, Seacat Magic, currently in build, boast a sprint speed of just over 30 knots, allowing the 23m vessels to be easily and rapidly deployed in international waters. As such, Seacat Mischief provides a nimble counterpart to the 26m and 27m catamarans in the 10-strong Seacat Services fleet.
In building this fleet, Seacat Services has worked closely with South Boats IoW, as part of a long-standing development relationship that has enabled the boat builder
to continuously optimize and refine a proven and well-established design.
While Seacat Mischief will benefit from a number of incremental design modifications, based on operational feedback, the 23m catamaran has all the same ingredients as her sister vessels in the Seacat Services fleet, allowing the fleet operators and technical teams to offer the same unparalleled level of service and user experience to which technicians and crew have become accustomed.
“There is no one-size fits all solution to delivering crew transfer vessels for European offshore wind projects,” said Ian Baylis
, Managing Director, Seacat Services.
“However in building a diverse fleet of vessels designed to serve all areas of the market – from new deep-water sites to existing operational projects – there should be no compromise when it comes to the overall user experience and quality of service.”
“Maintaining these high standards requires continuous investment, and our ongoing development relationship with South Boats IoW means that each boat we launch is instantly recognizable as a Seacat Services vessel, profiting directly from the experience of the crew members, technicians and support teams on the vessels before her.”