Contract pays off for UK boatbuilder

'Seacat Weatherly' The structure of the 'Seacat Weatherly' is all standing. Image: Diverse Marine

A UK-based vessel design, build and repair company is reaping the rewards of a recent boatbuilding deal with a second build contract.

Three months after signing a new build agreement for Seacat Weatherly with Seacat Services Ltd, Diverse Marine has been contracted for an identical vessel.

Seacat Rainbow is the second vessel in the Chartwell Marine 24 series and will be powered by twin MTU 12V2000M72 1450hp main engines and Kongsberg Kamewa S56 water jet units. The vessel, built to BV class, under survey and HSC-OSC for 26px/industrial personnel, will be delivered in the third quarter of 2020.

Ben Colman, director of Diverse Marine, stated: “We are proud to confirm that contracts have been signed with Seacat for a second new build, a very humbling experience for Diverse Marine. We are very grateful to Seacat for their commitment and look forward to working with them through the build and delivery of these two vessels.”

Good progression

Aluminium Marine Consultants have been engaged to complete the fabrication and welding phases of the construction of Seacat Weatherly.

The structure is all standing, lower shell plates are in place and the vessel is scaffolded and staged ready for the upper shell plates to be welded into place. The fuel tanks and bow fender structure are in place and complete.

Diverse Marine has recently delivered HM1, a new build 9m RIB to Cowes Harbour Commission. It is currently building a 10m survey catamaran, Coastal Observer, for Audacious Marine Services as well as a 9m RIB, Sea Kitten, for a private client.

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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