Austal delivered its eighth wind farm support vessel to UK-based Turbine Transfers Limited.
The contract for the 21 metre catamaran was awarded in August 2013 and valued at approximately £2.3 million (A$3.9 million), with the vessel constructed at Austal’s Philippines shipyard.
Austal Chief Executive Officer Andrew Bellamy said the positive performance of the support vessels demonstrates that Austal’s products are well suited to this industry.
“We continue to see opportunities in the wind farm vessel market and have the right production cost base in the Philippines to compete for commercial vessel contracts and successfully leverage our intellectual property with a proven design,” Mr Bellamy said.
Austal was first awarded a contract by Turbine Transfers in July 2011 to build three 21 metre wind farm support vessels and was subsequently contracted in January 2012 to build a 27 metre advanced TriSWATH support vessel. A further contract was awarded in October 2012 for three 27 metre catamarans.
The latest 21 metre catamaran will be used by Turbine Transfers to support wind turbine installation and maintenance activities in European waters.