Docking’s Tidal Transit has celebrated a special milestone in the safe transfer of passengers from its three personnel vessels to wind turbines in the North Sea.
The company, which supports the wind farm industry by carrying crew in state-of-the-art purpose-built boats, celebrated the completion of 20,000 safe passenger transfers from its three transfer vessels the Ginny Louise, Eden Rose and Tia Elizabeth.
All three sail to the wind farms on most days from either Wells or Great Yarmouth to transfer wind farm maintenance technicians and their tools.
“Anyone familiar with the often unfriendly weather conditions these remarkable vessels face in the waters off the East Anglian coast will appreciate this achievement,” said commercial director Leo Hambro.
“Even in calm seas, transferring personnel from vessel to turbine is one of the most potentially hazardous processes faced by those working in the young offshore wind energy industry. It is a tribute to the design of Tidal Transit’s vessels, and the health and safety procedures of both Tidal Transit and the offshore wind energy companies to which it charters its vessels, that 20,000 transfers have been carried out with 100 per cent safety record.”
Ginny Louise and Eden Rose have been in regular use on both the construction and operational phases of offshore wind farms since their arrival in the UK, and Tia Elizabeth joined them in September.
In spring 2014 the fleet is set to be joined by a fourth vessel, the Kitty Petra, which is under construction in Spain by boat builders Mercurio Plastics.