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Turbine Transfers Ltd and South Boats Special Projects Ltd are pleased to announce the two companies have signed a contract for the construction of seven offshore wind farm support catamarans. Five of the craft will be built at South Boats' new facility at Cowes and two of the craft will be sub-contracted to Buckie Shipyard.
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Following the launch of Austals Wind Express Series in mid 2010, Austal is pleased to announce the award of a contract for the design and construction of three purpose built offshore support vessels for Turbine Transfers.
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The vessels will be operated by Turbine Transfers Ltd, a subsidiary of Holyhead Towing, and built by sister company Holyhead Marine Services. BMT Nigel Gee Ltd have been chosen as the designers of its new series of multi-purpose Wind Farm Support Vessels.
The first of the series will be a 19 metre vessel that will offer a step change in flexibility to the operator for a vessel of its size, with aft deck load capacity of six tons and a fore deck capacity of three tons. Additional operational flexibility is provided with the incorporation of integral crane foundations on both the fore and aft deck to allow the vessel to be quickly reconfigured for various different roles in support of wind farm construction and support.
In order to optimise the layout of the working deck areas and passenger space, the design is being undertaken in partnership with Turbine Transfers. This partnership will bring together BMT Nigel Gee’s design capability with Turbine Transfers' years of operational expertise to ensure the best possible layout for the various potential tasks. A key feature of the design is the provision of an exceptionally quiet and comfortable area for the technicians and operators of the vessel.
Turbine Transfers Limited is pleased to report that it has been awarded a two boat contract by London Array Limited, following a rigorous tender process. Each vessel is required for a three year period, starting with the first vessel from February 2011.
London Array Limited has chosen to take two of the latest South Boats built 18 metre jet propelled vessels, which particularly suit the shallow water site as they are very shallow drafted and yet have greater seaworthiness of larger boats suitable for the more exposed areas of the site.
Clients of Turbine Transfers Ltd include Siemens, Dong Energy, EnBW, RWE Npower, Eon, Van Oord and has operated on the following offshore wind farms; Walney, Greater Gabbard, Rhyl Flats, Baltic 1, Gunfleet Sands, Lynn & Inner Dowsing, Rødsand, Robin Rigg, North Hoyle, Belwind, Arklow Bank, Thanet, Kentish Flats, Ormonde and more.
Turbine Transfers Limited is pleased to report that, following an open tender process, it has been awarded a two year contract to supply four crew boats at the Lincs Offshore Wind Farm by Centrica through the site developers Lincs Offshore Wind Farm Limited.
Turbine Transfers has tailored two of its three newbuild 16 metre South Boats to suit the particular requirements of the Centrica construction team, so the boats are laid out to be able to carry 150kva genset aft and to be able to fuel up generators on the turbine from on board tanks. In addition, the saloon space for the technicians has been enlarged over the previous 15 metre class, and refinements, such as double glazing have been added to further enhance the quietness inside the deckhouse. The boats are powered by twin 800bhp Scania engines driving Ultra Dynamics jets. Additionally, Centrica will take two of Turbine Transfers existing 15 metre vessels for the peak construction period.
Turbine Transfers has been targeting multiple boat contracts by building up a larger fleet, and this will be its fourth such contract following similar work for RWE Npower at Rhyl Flats, Van Oord offshore at Belwind and German utility firm EnBW at Baltic 1.