New wind farm boat from AlnmaritecVessel & ROV News // December 11, 2008
Aaryan was built for North Sea Logistics in the UK.
Alnmaritec, the specialist aluminium boat builder based in Alnwick, Northumberland, in the UK recently announced the successful launch of one of the largest boats it has built in recent years.
Aaryan was built for the northeast-based company North Sea Logistics and is a slightly larger version of the popular ‘Wave Commander’ class of vessels from Alnmaritec which, last year, was elected as one of the Significant Small Ships of 2007 by the Royal Institute of Naval Architects.
She was launched at Blyth in Northumberland and after her successful sea trials she has now left to begin operations on an offshore wind farm in the North Sea. She is the ninth in a line of craft that Alnmaritec has built over recent years for servicing offshore wind farms, a record which puts the company firmly at the forefront of this burgeoning industry.
Aaryan is an aluminium asymmetric catamaran 18m long and 6.2m wide with a displacement of around 22 tonnes. She is fitted with twin 715bhp electronically controlled Caterpillar C18 diesel engines driving conventional four bladed 800mm diameter propellers through Twin Disc MGX 5135 Quick Shift gearboxes.
These give her a top speed of over 25 knots and she is also fitted with powerful twin electric bow thrusters which give her excellent manoeuvrability.
She carries a complement of 2 crew and 12 passengers in comfort within the large deckhouse which houses a galley, WC, wet space and storage areas. She is fitted with an array of the latest electronic equipment including a satellite ‘man-finder’ tracking system, 3-D sea bed profiling as well as radar, AIS, GPS, Chart plotter and Satcom system.
North Sea Logistics is one of the UK’s leading operators of wind farm support boats and Managing Director Dave Armstrong said: “I am delighted with the performance of the new boat, she has proved herself on trials to be extremely capable in some very demanding conditions and I can’t wait to get her into operation. I am pleased with the quality of the boat, she is a credit to the workforce at Alnmaritec and I am confident that she will be prove to be one of the best vessels in the industry”.
Alnmaritec Managing Director Chris Millman said “I am extremely happy with the way the boat has turned out. The wind farm market is an important one for us and we are determined to stay in the vanguard of the development of these boats. I am very grateful to North Sea Logistics for their continued support of our company and I hope that the new boat serves them well in the years to come”.