Seawork signing for new size Meercat
Meercat Workboats CEO Peter Smith toasts the deal with Wells Harbour Master Robert Smith (centre) and Scira plant manager Einar Stromsvag (right) at Seawork 2010.
Meercat Workboats Ltd, the Portsmouth UK based steel boatbuilders have signed a contract at Seawork 2010 to supply a specialised service vessel to operate on the UK’s East Coast.
The 14m vessel, the first in the company’s RT14 range, has been ordered in a joint signing by the clients Scira Offshore Energyand Wells Harbour Commissioners. It will service wind farm workboats operating out to the Sheringham Shoal Wind Farm, as well as attending to general port duties in and around the port of Wells-Next-the-Sea in Norfolk. The wind farm site is owned equally byStatoil and Statkraft through a joint venture company, Scira Offshore Energy Limited. Statoil is the operator for the project during the development phase and Scira will be the wind farm operator.
When Wells Harbour was proposed as the preferred site for the wind farm workboats base, it was immediately apparent that the harbour’s shallow water would present a problem at certain states of tide. The answer was to dredge a new basin to seawards of the original historic port. Environmental concerns led to a decision to have only pedestrian access to the new pontoon berths. This in turn meant that the supply of cargo to the catamarans from Wells’ main harbour would have to be a shallow draft feeder barge.
Meercat Workboats was invited to submit a design and construct proposal to meet the exacting criteria set by the clients. These included a minimum operating draft of 560mm, with a loaded draft of 750mm with 10
tons on deck. Also, as the vessel will be required to operate at night and in a rural environment, noise was to be kept to a minimum.
The builder’s successful design was for a single hulled 14m unit of a similar concept to their much popular twin hulled RT16. The vessel will be powered by Doosan L136 main engines and a Westerbeke 9.2kw generator, all supplied by Newton Abbot based Watermota Ltd. It will also feature a Palfinger PK11001MB hydraulic crane supplied by Outreach Ltd of Falkirk. The vessel is due for delivery in early January 2011.
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