Chris Millman News

30 Sep 2013

Alnmaritec Deliver WFSV Tiger to Rix Shipping

Rix Tiger: Photo courtesy of Alnmaritec

The ‘Rix Tiger’ is the second of the new Wave Captain-class of wind farm support vessels (WFSV) to be completed for Rix by UK's Alnmaritec and she will join her sister ‘Rix Panther’ in serving the offshore wind industry. The vessel design features the latest high efficiency hull form developed by the Alnmaritec design department. She is powered by twin Cummins QSK 19 800 bhp diesel engines, coupled to ZF 2000V gearboxes driving twin 5 blade propellers. The new WFSV achieved…

07 Jun 2013

Concordia Baby to See Mother(ship) for the First Time

Landing Craft ‘Concordia Baby’ during sea trials

Concordia Baby, the latest vessel to be completed by specialist workboat builder Alnmaritec, is heading to the Falkland Islands to be installed onto the mother ship M/V Concordia Bay. Operated by Workboat Services Ltd., MV Concordia Bay provides service as a passenger and cargo ferry within the archipelago. A landing craft measuring 45.5m, she is able to lower her bow ramp on suitable beaches, however many of the islands are difficult to reach and therefore there is a requirement for a smaller craft…

04 Feb 2013

Alnmaritec makes Discovery

‘NSL Discovery’ during sea trials

Boat builder Alnmaritec launched the latest of its windfarm support vessels (WFSV) recently for long time client North Sea Logistics. The 19m Wave Captain class boat is powered by 2 x 880bhp Doosan engines and reaches over 25 knots. She has demonstrated exceptional sea keeping characteristics and superb handling when approaching and pushing up on the wind turbines. Finished with the innovative ‘Intersleek’ paint system designed to provide fuel and environmental benefits, this…

17 Dec 2012

Seychelles Workboat Delivered by Alnmaritec

Blyth based boat builder Alnmaritec is celebrating after the latest of its newly built aluminium workboats was delivered to the Seychelles, before being promptly blessed in a ceremony organized by owner Eden Island Marina. The third in class of the successful Wave Hauler series, the 6m boat will be employed at the Eden Island Super-yacht marina in the Western Indian Ocean where she will be expected to fulfil a number of duties, as General Manager at Eden Island Christophe Houareau explains, “We have named the boat ‘TI TUG’ and she will be used for line handling, diver support, emergency fire response and of course tug duties. Taking just 16 weeks to design and build the boat is powered by a Yanmar diesel engine driving a fixed pitch propeller…

26 Nov 2012

New Boat Ready to Flex its Mussels

Eileen Louise during Sea Trials

This weekend saw Alnmaritec Ltd hand over the latest of its Wave Worker class of vessels - the ‘Eileen Louise’ - to one of Scotland’s leading live mussel suppliers. Designed and built in just 9 months at the Alnmaritec facility in Blyth, the boat is expected to provide client Hebridean Mussels Ltd with many years of service. Cree Mackenzie, owner of Hebridean Mussels commented.”We were extremely impressed when we first stepped aboard her for the sea trials, It was clear that the Alnmaritec project team went a great deal longer than the extra mile.

19 Nov 2012

Alnmaritec Open ‘Wimbourne Quay Repair Center'

Alnmaritec, based in Northumberland, is best known for the design and build of commercial workboats. This week though the company officially launched its new ‘Wimbourne Quay Repair Center’ at the historic Port of Blyth site. With 150m of berths / quayside frontage and over 100,000 square feet of covered workshops the new repair center is in a position to provide services to a wide variety of clients, as Managing Director Chris Millman explains, “Alnmaritec has a reputation for providing high quality new build workboats but we can also utilise the enormous depth of expertise within our workforce to undertake all types of boat repair projects. However it’s not just at the 5 acre Blyth site that Alnmaritec provide these repair services. Mr.

08 Jun 2012

Faroe Islands first for Alnmaritec

Alnmaritec, the specialist aluminium boat builder based in Northumberland, recently announced delivery of the first of boat that it has built to operate in the Faroe Islands. The ‘Krossteinur’ is one of the popular Wave Angler class from Alnmaritec and she is a rugged and versatile support catamaran built to withstand the rigours of operation in the harsh environment of a fish farm offshore of the Faroe Islands. She is fitted with a 4.5 tonne metre deck crane and a 2 tonne hydraulic capstan and a deck mounted 6.5 kva generator set. She has a resiliently mounted wheelhouse to minimise noise and vibration and she is fitted with twin Cummins QSB 420bhp engines coupled to Hamilton 322 jets featuring the ‘Blue Arrow’ vector control system for precise manoeuvrability around the fish cages.

25 May 2012

First class Captain from Alnmaritec

Alnmaritec, the specialist aluminium boat builder based in Northumberland, recently announced the delivery of the first of its new ‘Wave Captain’ class of Wind Farm Support Vessels. The new design is a derivative of the larger Wave Master class vessels which have proved highly successful in service and features the unique high efficiency hull form developed by Alnmaritec over the last year using extensive CFD modelling and towing tank testing. Powered by twin Doosan 4V222TI 880 bhp diesel engines, coupled to ZF 2000V Gearboxes and driving twin 5 blade propellers she achieves a cruising speed of 24 knots and demonstrates exceptional sea keeping characteristics.

26 Mar 2012

New Aquaculture Workboat from Alnmaritec

Alnmaritec, the specialist aluminium boat builder based in Northumberland, recently announced the completion of ‘Shelagh Jane’ a new aquaculture workboat for service on a fish farm on the West Coast of Scotland. This rugged no nonsense support boat is a development of the highly successful Alnmaritec Wave Worker class. She is designed specifically to have improved sea keeping properties to allow her to transfer long distances between fish farm sites and she has a unique hull form to fulfil this role.

19 Jan 2012

Alnmaritec Sends Twin Vessels to Iraq

One of the Arttawi sisters on trials. Late last year two unusual vessels from Alnmaritec arrived in Iraq on their way to serve in Basrah. The two sisters, Arttawi I & II are modified Wave Worker class boats designed for oil spill protection duties at a busy oil terminal. The boats are 12m long with a catamaran hull form and carry a hydraulic oil boom deployment reel as well as a range of oil recovery and dispersant equipment and recovered oil storage. The spacious aft deck has a hydraulic knuckle boom crane and the boats are fitted with twin 25KVA generator sets providing a significant on-board power capability. The air conditioned accommodation provides sleeping accommodation for four crew together with toilet, shower and galley facilities.

06 May 2002

Voyager of the Seas Arrives at Grand Bahama Shipyard

The Voyager of the Seas, owned by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, arrived at the Grand Bahama Shipyard on Sunday, May 5 for a two week drydocking. This is the first time that the vessel has been docked since delivery from the builders yard in November 1999 and it is also the first time ever that this class of vessel has been docked in a floating dock. The vessel, which measures 311m long with a beam of 38.7m carries 3144 passengers and 1176 crew and weighs in at approximately 140,000 gross tonnes. It is the largest vessel ever to dock at the yard and purportedly the heaviest vessel ever to dock in a floating dock. The ship is planned to be in dock at the yard for a 14-day maintenance period which will include work on the ABB Azipod propulsion units…

17 Dec 2004

Millman Steps Down From Grand Bahama Shipyard

Freeport’s Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) has announced that current President & CEO, Chris Millman has decided to step down from his position and is to leave the Company. Chris has been with the Shipyard for over four years and in that short time he has overseen its growth from a construction site into one of the region’s foremost ship repair centres. Citing personal reasons for his decision, Chris said that he was leaving GBS to return to the UK with his family, although not before taking a well-earned break. He stated “It has been a roller coaster ride over the last few years. I shall always look back at this period with immense pride in what we have achieved and with great appreciation for those who helped to achieve it”.

19 Sep 2002

Grand Bahamas Shipyard Goes for ISO Certification

Grand Bahamas Shipyard has announced this week a two pronged program to attain certification to International Standards. The company has embarked upon the process of certification to the ISO 9001 Quality Standard and the ISO 14001 Environmental Standard, both regarded as standards in their fields. The certification process is being assessed by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance, Inc. in both fields and is being observed by the Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology Commission. CEO Chris Millman said “ This is a very important step for us and it marks another important milestone in the development of the company.

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