Offshore support vessel operator Windcat Workboats adds to fleet at Lowestoft
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Windcat Workboats has launched its latest vessel for the growing renewable energy industry at the Port of Lowestoft.
The vessel, Windcat 38, is the first to be launched following the signing of a long-term lease agreement between Associated British Ports (ABP), which owns the Port of Lowestoft, and Windcat Workboats for its new marine engineering facility at the port.
Windcat Workboats owns and operates nearly 40 offshore crew transfer vessels which are mainly used in the European offshore wind sector.
The Lowestoft facility, which extends to more than 1,370 square metres, will be the main hub for the servicing and maintenance of the company’s entire fleet.
Windcat Workboats’ managing directo, Neil Clarkson, said: “We have a great deal of confidence that Lowestoft will support our business growth. The town is close to the main European market which, with the development of the East Anglia One and Galloper Offshore Wind Farms, will continue to expand.
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“The development of the engineering base was made possible with the support of Associated British Ports who provide the hoisting facilities enabling the development of the site to go ahead. ‘Windcat 38’ will be one in a long line of Windcats working on Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm.”
ABP short sea ports director Andrew Harston said: “We are delighted that Windcat Workboats have selected the Port of Lowestoft as the long term base for their vessel support facility, which adds to the growing cluster of support services that can be offered from Lowestoft. These activities all help to support the North Sea Energy Sector and add to the attraction to invest in the Lowestoft area.”
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ABP Lowestoft port manager Paul Brooks added: “We are committed to working with our customers to support their business needs.
“Being able to provide a long-term lease arrangement for Windcat Workboats’ engineering facility will have a positive flow-on effect not only to the company, but for Lowestoft and the offshore wind sector.”