An offshore energy support vessel (OESV) operator will expand its business with the order of a new crew transfer vessel (CTV).
Seacat Services has ordered a Chartwell Marine-designed Chartwell 24 CTV, which will enter construction immediately at Isle of Wight shipyard Diverse Marine. Seacat Rainbow will join sister Chartwell 24 vessel Seacat Weatherly, which is currently in build at Diverse Marine and due to be completed in April 2020.
Ian Baylis, managing director of Seacat Services, added: “Chartwell Marine’s pioneering approach, backed up by strong technical R&D expertise and extensive dialogue with operators and wind farm stakeholders, gives us enormous confidence in the design.”
Seacat Rainbow will be identical in specification to Seacat Weatherly. The vessels will include several features to optimise the safety of crew and cargo transfers and maximise the performance and technical availability of the vessel – ultimately translating to more ‘time on turbine’ for wind farm technicians.
Recent multi-vessel contract wins and charter extensions from valued long-term customers have led to high levels of forward utilisation for the Seacat Services fleet, creating a strong commercial case for further expansion.
As the next generation of OESVs now progress from the drawing board into build, Andy Page, managing director of Chartwell Marine, said: “The offshore wind sector is at a pivotal point, where lessons learnt from development and operation to date must quickly be applied to achieve true global scale.”