Four new Alicats for E.ON
The UK’s Alicat Workboats has been contracted to construct four bespoke aluminium catamarans for the UK energy supplier E.ON later this year – the first will serve E.ON’s Robin Rigg windfarm off the Solway Firth.
The deal will see four 19m high speed windfarm service vessels built which will be capable of reaching speeds of up to 30 knots. Each vessel will cost in the region of £1.7m, according to Alicat.
Steve Thacker, general manager, Alicat Workboats, said: “At Alicat we are committed to the aftercare of the vessels as we are to building them in the first place and we look forward to forming a close working relationship during the construction of these vessels and beyond.”
This is the first new contract of the year for the Great Yarmouth firm, which last September delivered its third vessel, The Dalby Trent, to Dalby Offshore.
Since the first Alicat made its appearance at Seawork 2010, investment in Alicat’s Great Yarmouth yard has been significantly ramped up and the company will be back again in 2013.
Alicat Workboats is owned by the Gardline Group, which last October also took on the business and assets of British boatbuilder, South Boats Special Projects Ltd.
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