Award-winning Docking business Tidal Transit, which provides vessels to service the off-shore wind industry, is about to add a fourth vessel to its fleet.
The Kitty Petra has been constructed to the same specification as her three sister vessels, and she is expected to arrive in Southampton in time for the 2014 Seawork International Exhibition that begins on Tuesday, June 10. She will be formally handed over by Spanish shipbuilders Mercurio Shipyard at the exhibition, having recently been launched in Alicante in Spain.
Tidal Transit started with its first crew transfer vessel, the Ginny Louise followed a few months later in 2012 by its sister vessel the Eden Rose. The fleet was joined in September last year by a third vessel, the Tia Elizabeth, which went straight to work on an 18-month contract to service the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm.
When confirming this latest construction contract for Kitty Petra, commercial director Leo Hambro said: “Transporting technicians to the wind farms to undertake on-going maintenance work will create a high demand for safe, reliable vessels for many years to come.”
Tidal Transit has an option with Mercurio Shipyard for a further six vessels, and plans for further vessel build contracts are now well in hand.
Tidal Transit’s success story was recognised in the Mayor’s Awards for Business Achievement 2013 when it was awarded the prize for Small Growing Business,