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Tuesday, July 30, 2019 

Offshore energy support vessel (OESV) operator Seacat Services, has taken up an option to build a second Chartwell 24 catamaran for the offshore wind sector.

The vessel, to be named Seacat Rainbow, is designed by Chartwell Marine, and will enter construction immediately at Isle of Wight. UK, shipyard Diverse Marine. Recent multi-vessel contract wins and charter extensions from long-term customers have led to high levels of forward utilisation for the Seacat Services fleet, creating a strong commercial case for further expansion. Seacat Rainbow will join identical sister Chartwell 24 vessel Seacat Weatherly, which is currently in build at Diverse Marine for completion in April 2020.

Andy Page, MD Chartwell Marine, said: “The offshore wind sector is at a pivotal point, where lessons learnt from development and operation to date must quickly be applied to achieve true global scale. Seacat Services continues to demonstrate that it is not willing to compromise on the attributes that make a safe, reliable and efficient offshore energy support vessel.”

Ian Baylis, MD Seacat Services, added: “Chartwell Marine’s pioneering approach, backed up by strong technical R&D expertise and extensive dialogue with operators and wind farm stakeholders, gives us enormous confidence in the design. The investment case for this second vessel was clear cut, and we look forward to bringing both Rainbow and Weatherly into the fleet to show how this translates into the highest levels of performance and service for our customers.”

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