Seacat Magic chartered for Greater Gabbard

In: Vessels
10/05/2021

Offshore energy support vessel (OESV) operator Seacat Services (Seacat) has announced that it has signed a long-term charter for catamaran
Seacat Magic at the Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm.

Seacat Magic will support Operations & Maintenance (O&M) activity for the Greater Gabbard service team working on the 504 MW wind farm. She joins sister vessel Seacat Freedom, which was first deployed to the site in 2017.
 
From 2017 to March 2020 while in operation at
Greater Gabbard, Seacat Freedom performed over 9,200 crew transfers to the wind farm. This has been achieved with minimal downtime, and a technical vessel availability of 98.7% according to Seacat.

The
Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm consists of 140 SWT-3.6-107 Siemens turbines. It is located off the coast of East Anglia and was commissioned in August 2013. With a 504 MW capacity, the project is capable of producing enough renewable energy to supply around 530,000 homes each year.
 
Ian Baylis, Managing Director at Seacat said: “We are driven to provide the highest quality of service to all of our clients, and Greater Gabbard is no exception. The wind farm is a unique and technically challenging project to operate on, and the addition of a capable vessel like Seacat Magic will ensure that O&M activity will continue to meet deadlines safely and efficiently as the project scales up, irrespective of weather conditions."

The deal comes after Seacat secured its first long-term O&M charter for newly launched catamaran
Seacat Rainbow with Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm Ltd (BOWL) in March.

 

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