E.on UK orders 4 wind farm service vessels at Alicat Workboats

(SeeNews) - Jan 3, 2013 - The UK unit of German utility E.on AG (ETR:EOAN) today said it had commissioned Great Yarmouth, England-based Alicat Workboats to build four offshore wind farm support vessels.

The first vessel will serve the utility's Robin Rigg wind farm in the Solway Firth, Scotland. Alicat has already kicked off construction of the 19 metre (62 ft) high-speed workboat with delivery scheduled for the middle of 2013. The Global Marine Design aluminium catamarans will feature two MAN V12 engines and Rolls Royce Kamewa jet propulsion, and can reach speed of 30 knots.

Alicat was set up in 2009 to meet an increasing demand for vessels to operate and maintain offshore wind power plants. It is located near E.on's Scroby Sands wind farm base. The company is a unit of Richards Dry Dock and Engineering Ltd, the owner of the dry dock and ship construction yard in Great Yarmouth that was taken over by the Gardline Group in 1995.

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