Seacat Weatherly accepted into service

In: Vessels
Seacat Services has accepted Seacat Weatherly, a catamaran designed by naval architect Chartwell Marine, into service. Following her completion at the Diverse Marine shipyard in Cowes and sea trials, the vessel heads straight on to her first charter contract at a major UK offshore wind project.

Seacat Services stated the vessel brings a number of key technical innovations to the market including advanced engine and hull design, a large foredeck and safety features such as step-free access, sliding handrails and unrestricted visibility from the wheelhouse.

This has all been achieved while making use of many of the same components and equipment as her sister vessels in the 13-strong Seacat Services fleet, in order to maintain operational familiarity and ensure effective management of spares and inventory.

Andrew Calderbank-Link, Operations Director at Seacat Services, said: “Seacat Weatherly is a fine addition to the fleet, capitalising on all of the core attributes that have defined the Seacat Services offering to date. Refining vessel designs is vital to meeting the changing needs of the offshore wind sector and Seacat Weatherly ensures that our crews can bring maximum operational value to our customers from day one.”

Andy Page, Naval Architect and Managing Director at Chartwell Marine, added: “It brings us great satisfaction to see Seacat Weatherly enter service, and we will be monitoring closely how she performs on site. The Chartwell 24 design has been formulated for the industry by the industry to meet the specific requirements of offshore wind construction and operation, both in Europe and further afield.”

Ben Colman, Director at Diverse Marine, said: “It is testament to the resolve and versatility of our team – and the strength of our ongoing collaboration with Seacat Services and Chartwell Marine – that we’ve successfully brought this vessel build to fruition despite current supply chain disruption and working restrictions. This is a huge collective achievement and bodes well for the future of British boatbuilding and naval architecture as we set a new standard for the global offshore wind market.”

The first of a two-vessel order,
Seacat Weatherlyhas been handed over despite the challenges and pressures created by the current lockdown. Her sister vessel, Seacat Rainbow is currently under construction at the Diverse Marine yard in Cowes and is scheduled for acceptance in September.

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