Wind Wave Workboats Orders South Boats’ 17m Vigilante Catamaran (UK)

Wind Wave Workboats Orders South Boats 17m Vigilante Catamaran (UK)

South Boats Special Projects Ltd. and Wind Wave Workboats Ltd. announce the two companies have signed a contract for the construction for the ‘Freddie S’, a first of class South Boats 17m Vigilante catamaran.

The vessel will be built at South Boats’ new facility in Cowes and will be delivered in August 2012.

This is the first vessel to be designed and built using the Vigilante hull form, originally built by Lyme Boats, that South Boats acquired earlier this year. The 17.5m vessel will be built to UK MCA Workboat Code Category 2. Twin MTU 8V2000 M72 marine diesel engines with ZF2000V gears diving Clements Marine shafting and propellers should propel the ‘Freddie S’ to sprint speeds in excess of 25 knots. The vessel will feature a large and comfortable crew saloon and will benefit from South Boats’ modular hydraulic system with fuel transfer systems, pressure washer, deck crane and fire pump.

Wind Wave Workboats Ltd. are a new operator to South Boats but have always admired the quality and attention to detail of all South Boats vessels. Fred and Pat Buckingham also own and operate the ‘Pamela P’ and the ‘Samson B’ currently working on Burbo Bank and Lynn offshore wind farms respectively.

South Boats’ Sales & Technical Director, Ben Colman says “We are delighted to confirm this order with Wind Wave Workboats and to work with Fred and Peter. We are sure that with the lessons Fred has learnt on the sister vessel and the detail and quality that South Boats will share on this new product, the ‘Freddie S’ will serve them very well”.

 Peter Scriven and Fred Buckingham of Wind Wave Workboats Ltd. said that “with over 60 vessels out there South Boats have shown they have the skills to provide an excellent product. A visit to their boat yard makes this clearly self evident. We are very excited about the build and look forward to August”.

South Boats Special Special Projects Ltd. of Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK, are the largest builders of offshore wind farm support vessels in the world. With 66 vessels in service or in build within the sector with 14 operators, extensive operational and development experience has been gained on over 25 projects in 7 countries. With an extensive design portfolio from 15m to over 30m, South Boats develop vessels from the industry for the industry.


Source: southboatsgroup, October 27, 2011