Seacat Services, based in the Isle of Wight, has been awarded a multi-million pound contract to provide crew transfer vessels for DONG Energy's Race Bank offshore wind farm, located off the North Norfolk Coast.
The new crew transfer vessels will be used during the construction of Race Bank, and the vessels have been built in the Isle of Wight. All of Seacat Services' crew members on-board the vessel will also be UK employees.
This follows the recent announcement that DONG Energy has placed contracts with three different UK companies for the array cables at Race Bank.
Jason Ledden, Construction Project Manager for Race Bank at DONG Energy, said:
"I am delighted to be using these state-of-the-art vessels, built right here in the UK, to assist with the logistics and construction of Race Bank.
"Placing contracts with UK suppliers whenever possible is a real priority for DONG Energy and we have already worked with Seacat Services for our Westermost Rough offshore wind farm. The company's commitment to service, quality and safety meant there was no hesitation in using them again for our Race Bank project.
"These crew transfer vessels are part of a new fleet, and will help safely and efficiently transfer our engineers and technicians offshore to work on the construction of Race Bank's 91 wind turbines and two substations."
Ian Baylis, Managing Director of Seacat Services, said:
"The construction timeline for UK offshore wind projects requires highly capable partners to deliver projects in a manner that keeps developments on time and on budget.
"So far, we're proud to say that the UK maritime sector has delivered when it comes to supporting this growing industry. Our work with DONG Energy on Race Bank over the coming months will enable us to channel further investment into the local supply chain by providing opportunities for local crew and supporting services.
"Furthermore, this contract award is a testament to the hard work carried out by Seacat crews on DONG Energy's Westermost Rough construction project and we look forward to continuing our relationship with the project development team."
The Seacat Services crew transfer vessels are expected to be in operation at Race Bank until the end of 2018.
Race Bank is located almost 17 miles off Blakeney Point on the North Norfolk Coast, and a similar distance from the Lincolnshire coast at Chapel St. Leonards. The offshore wind farm is being built from DONG Energy's construction base in the Grimsby Fish Docks.
When operational, Race Bank will have a capacity of up to 580 megawatts (MW) and will be able to power over half a million UK homes every year.