UK-based crew transfer vessel operator Seacat Services has taken up an option to build a second Chartwell 24 catamaran for the offshore wind sector.
Seacat Rainbow, designed by Chartwell Marine, will enter construction immediately at Isle of Wight shipyard Diverse Marine.
The owner said recent multi-vessel contract wins and charter extensions from long-term customers have led to high levels of forward utilisation for the Seacat Services fleet, creating a strong commercial case for further expansion.
Seacat Rainbow will join another Chartwell 24 crew transfer vessel Seacat Weatherly, which is currently in build at Diverse Marine, on track for delivery and due to be completed in April 2020.
Seacat Services managing director Ian Baylis said, “Chartwell Marine’s pioneering approach, backed up by strong technical R&D expertise and extensive dialogue with operators and windfarm stakeholders, gives us enormous confidence in the design. The investment case for this second vessel was clear, and we look forward to bringing Rainbow and Weatherly into the fleet."
Seacat Rainbow will be identical in specification to Seacat Weatherly.