Orkney-based marine engineering support group Leask Marine has expanded its fleet of workboats for harbour, offshore and coastal projects with a newbuild vessel
The 27-m Multi Cat 2712 vessel from Damen Shipyards will support diving, anchor handling and cable laying.
C-Force was handed over on 19 April, less than seven weeks after the contract was signed. This was down to Damen’s workboat series-building strategy, in which it holds a stock of newbuildings ready to be adapted to owners’ requirements.
Damen adapted C-Force by creating space for desks and computers in the wheelhouse and adding four winches for a four-point mooring system.
C-Force left Damen’s yard in the Netherlands heading for Kirkwall, calling into the port of Dundee, Scotland on its way to conduct its first job – towing the world’s most powerful tidal turbine, the Orbital O2 2MW device, to Orkney.
“The purchase of C-Force is another significant milestone in the development of the business and provides a great enhancement to the range of services we provide,” said Leask Marine managing director Douglas Leask.
“This is the latest of a number of significant investments over the past year and the result of this has been record growth for the business, working with some of the most recognisable international clients in the offshore marine renewables market.”
Once C-Force reaches its home port of Kirkwall, Leask Marine will install dive support equipment on the vessel. After this, it will sail south to support operations at the London Array offshore windfarm off Herne Bay, Kent.
Leask Marine delivers a range of proven capabilities to sectors including renewable energy, aquaculture, fisheries, ports and harbours. It operates a fleet of six commercial workboats, including C-Force, two pontoons and two fast response vessels.
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