Windcat Workboats’ Windcat 22 has returned to the UK after successful trials. The crew transfer vessel was lengthened by 3m in The Netherlands and now has a particularly large foredeck with a carrying capacity of 9 tonnes. The company says this extra carrying capacity will enable the vessel to meet “the developing requirements of some of our charterers in the offshore wind industry.”
The Windgrip system (patent pending) was also fitted to the vessel. This allows for safer transfers in harsher conditions by removing the possibility of the bow dropping away suddenly, leaving a technician suspended on a fall arrest system. The system also provides fuel savings and greatly reduces CO2 emissions as reduced power is needed to complete a transfer. Additional tanks have been fitted on the vessel for extra capacity while refuelling generators on turbines during the construction phase, or for supplying fresh oil to turbine gearboxes and receiving the old oil whilst oil changes take place.
Neil Clarkson, the company’s managing director said: “The vessel’s seakeeping has been improved and speed of 26.5 knots has been maintained. The vessel provides a very versatile platform and will give charterers a fuel-economic 22m vessel at an affordable rate.”