UK: Alicat Delivers Latest Catamaran to Dalby Offshore
Continuing the long history of shipbuilding in Great Yarmouth, Alicat Workboats, based on Southtown Road and part of the Gardline group, formally handed over its latest vessel. This aluminium catamaran was manufactured by a company with a reputation of being one of the best builders of wind farm support vessels for the most modern of industries.
The Dalby Trent is the third Alicat to be delivered to Dalby Offshore, and Stuart McNiven, its Managing Director watched as his youngest daughter Sophie proudly named it during a ceremony at the East Coast Training Centre at Trinity Quay in Great Yarmouth where it was then blessed by the Rev Peter Paine.
At the celebration afterwards, Stuart accepted the keys from Mrs Darling whose late husband, George was the founder of Gardline. Stuart said: “Our Company relies on Alicat Workboats to consistently produce dependable, well built, best in class boats which are paramount to the developing offshore wind farm sector. This third delivery in as many months is further testament to our growing business relationship with the Gardline Group.”
He also paid tribute to Steve Thacker and his team and the craftsmanship that went into building each vessel and looked forward to taking charge of the Dalby Trent, which is earmarked for immediate employment.
Nigel Darling, director of Alicat Workboats said: “In today’s industry where finance and materials are often a deciding issue, Alicat continues to meet the demand for high specification vessels.”
This reinforces the fact that it is a leader in a very competitive market and with the skills displayed by the staff coupled with an understanding of the requirements from each client Alicat looked forward to it going from strength to strength.
Press release, September 17, 2012; Image: Dalby Offshore