Two new vessels – amongst the first wave of offshore energy support boats to be certified under the new HS-OSC (High Speed – Offshore Service Craft) code – have been launched by Seacat Services.
This code now allows vessels under 500 tonnes to carry up to 60 industrial personnel. The high-speed workboat Seacat Enterprise is the first vessel to be both built and registered in the UK under this new regulation.
Ahead of a busy offshore wind construction phase, this increase in personnel capacity offers a significant advantage from a logistical perspective and enhances the versatility of the Seacat fleet. With the next raft of new construction sites in remote and deep waters – equating to significant time offshore – there is a growing market need for an increase in offshore technicians and supply boats.
Ian Baylis, Managing Director, Seacat Services, said: “The new HS-OSC code is a welcome development for the UK offshore wind sector, enhancing the service provided by vessel operators as we gear up for the upcoming construction phase.
“In short, we’re well-placed to continue supporting the fast moving offshore wind sector and the ‘industrial personnel’ driving construction and operations forward.”