UK: Halyard Creates Silence for Alicat’s WFSVs
As the 2013 Seawork International Show approaches, UK based marine exhaust specialist, Halyard, has announced yet another commercial success story with renowned Great Yarmouth based boat builder Alicat Workboats, to ensure its new four WFSV (Wind Farm Support Vessels) remain quiet on the water and to provide increased comfort for those on board.
With a growing need for all commercial vessels to be built with increasingly high levels of safety, reduced noise levels and enhanced crew comfort, Alicat Workboats has commissioned Halyard – internationally known and respected for its innovative design solutions – to design, build and install a full exhaust silencer system, for all four of its new state-of-the-art Offshore Wind Farm Service Vessels.
Alicat Workboats is constructing the four vessels (1x12m, 2x19m & 1x19m) for UK energy supplier E.ON with the first due to serve E.ON’s Robin Rigg Wind Farm off the Solway Firth near Cumbria, at the latter part of this year. Throughout the project, Halyard has been working closely with Alicat Workboats to design a bespoke exhaust system in order to drastically reduce all sound and internal reverberation from engine to transom – known to cause sea sickness and discomfort for those working long hours onboard.
The workboats, which will achieve speeds of up to 30 knots will have a Halyard exhaust system fitted to each of its MAN V12 engines, using stainless steel risers and Dual Chamber composite silencers, to effectively eject cooling water and exhaust gases, whilst silencing the engine’s combustion noise.
Ben Colman, Sales & Marketing Manager of Alicat Workboats Ltd said: “We have a very strong, long-standing relationship with Halyard and we’ve always focused very hard on noise and vibration levels throughout all of the workboats we build. We’re very confident that the four new vessels being built will have exceptional passenger comfort and that the noise and vibration levels will be at a minimum, resembling all of the previous projects we’ve worked on with Halyard.”
Halyard is the only company in the world able to manufacture an entire exhaust solution from “turbo to transom” in-house. Service and support starts from the initial consultation through to design, manufacture, installation and final sea trials. Throughout any project, Halyard’s integrated 3D CAD technology enables fast and accurate design document, exchange and delivery, anywhere in the world.
Press release, May 15, 2013; Image: adpr