First Seacat charter for UK windfarm
A highly versatile catamaran has been chartered by Galloper Wind Farm Ltd to help the operator meet the logistical requirements for its new UK windfarm.
The Seacat Ranger, owned and operated by Seacat Services, will go to work on its first contract at the UK’s Galloper Windfarm from August this year.
“Close collaboration in vessel deployment can yield an extensive range of benefits for all of the parties involved in the development and operation of technically and logistically complex offshore windfarms,” said Ian Baylis, managing director, Seacat Services.
“The ability to take a more versatile approach and share project resources will provide project operators, developers and OEMs alike with a more practical means of meeting collective goals.”
In September, Seacat Ranger will be joined by sister vessels, Seacat Liberty and Seacat Vigilant. This follows a separate two-year agreement signed in May with turbine supplier Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.
Seacat Ranger and its crew will handle a broad scope of work during its first three years of operations at Galloper including both technician and equipment transfers.
Sean Chenery, Galloper operations and maintenance manager, said: “This is our first charter contract with Seacat Services and we were impressed with their experience and the established presence the firm already has on the east coast.”
Galloper is currently in construction off the Suffolk coast with innogy SE leading the construction and operation of the 336MW windfarm on behalf of the project partners. Siemens Gamesa is supplying and maintaining the turbines.
By Anne-Marie Causer
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