Seacat services Beatrice

Seacat ServicesOffshore energy support vessel (OESV) operator, Seacat Services, has secured a charter agreement at Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm.

This latest two-year contract will see
Seacat Mischief and her sister vessel, Seacat Magic, provide logistical support to manufacturer and service provider Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (Siemens Gamesa) throughout the operations and maintenance (O&M) phases.
The pair of 23m jet propulsion catamarans will be based out of Wick Harbour in Scotland, with
Seacat Mischief arriving on site in mid-August, and Seacat Magic in April 2019.

They will become the third and fourth Seacat Services vessels to work at
Beatrice, joining Seacat Resolute, which has just commenced a separate nine-month construction charter for Siemens Gamesa, and Seacat Intrepid, which remains on charter for project developer Beatrice Offshore Wind Limited (BOWL).
With a development such as
Beatrice there is an opportunity to set a benchmark when it comes to bringing new generation capacity online efficiently.

In particular, flexible and versatile vessel support is required to overcome the technical and logistical challenges of the commissioning and early operational phases, ensuring that a wind farm gets up and running on budget and on schedule.
This charter not only extends Seacat Services’ presence at
Beatrice; it also extends the vessel operator’s relationship with the Siemens Gamesa service team, following a two-year deal signed last year to support O&M activity at the 336MW Galloper Wind Farm.

“When it comes to the make-up of an offshore wind project team, consistency and familiarity is a real advantage,” said Ian Baylis, Managing Director, Seacat Services. “It ensures that lessons learnt are transferred effectively and, in turn, that efficiency continues to improve from site to site and project to project. As we continue to work at Beatrice, we’re looking forward to building on our existing relationships with Siemens Gamesa, BOWL and the wider team based out of Wick.”
Craig Morton, Chartering Manager at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy added: “Having worked with Seacat Services in the past, we’re aware of the critical role versatile and reliable OESV support plays for a project like Beatrice as it enters long-term operations. For us, it is essential that our technicians get around the site, safely, quickly, and in the best possible condition to carry out the work that ultimately keeps the turbines performing at their full potential.”

Located in the Moray Firth, the
Beatrice project will be Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm, comprising of 84 Siemens Gamesa SWT-7.0-154 turbines. The 588MW capacity array is expected to be capable of generating enough electricity to power approximately 450,000 homes. First power is currently scheduled for July 2018 with commissioning expected to follow in 2019.

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