Docking’s Tidal Transit which provides crew transfers for offshore wind farms has just commissioned its fourth state-of-the-art boat in response to charter demand.
The boat, to be named the Kitty Petra and constructed to the same specification as her three sister vessels, will be constructed in Spain by boat builder Mercurio Plastics and is expected to arrive in the UK in early spring next year.
Each vessel provides four crew members and 12 passengers with comfortable beds, bathrooms, galley, internet access and entertainment facilities, allowing wind farm engineers and support technicians to live and work offshore for up to several days at a time.
The boats’ rugged construction also enables them to operate in rough seas, a major advantage when working in the North Sea.
Tidal Transit commercial director Leo Hambro said: “Activity associated with offshore wind farms in the waters surrounding the UK is frenetic. A number of wind farms are already in operation and we are delighted that Tidal Transit’s existing fleet of three rugged, high specification PTVs, the Ginny Louise, Eden Rose and Tia Elizabeth, has been chosen to provide daily 12-hour charter transport for the turbine technicians who maintain the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm.
“Construction is scheduled to commence on at least five other major offshore wind energy power plants off the coast of Lincolnshire and East Anglia over the next 18 to 24 months, and there is already a demand for suitable vessels to support these projects for tasks including seabed surveys and met-mast installation and maintenance.
“I have every confidence that, like her sister vessels, Kitty Petra will go straight to work when she arrives in the UK next year.”
He added: “The majority of offshore wind farm operators have a 50-year licence from the Crown Estate, so daily routine maintenance is going to play a huge role in the output efficiency of all offshore wind farms. Transporting technicians to the wind farms to undertake that work will therefore create a high demand for safe, reliable vessels for many years to come.”