HS-OSC craft

Mon, 08 May 2017

UK-based offshore energy support vessel operator, Seacat Services, has completed its latest investment in its fleet, launching two vessels with the capacity for 24 industrial personnel – the newly-accepted ‘Seacat Enterprise’, and the upgraded ‘Seacat Courageous’.

These boats are part of the first wave of offshore energy support vessels to be certified under the new HS-OSC (High Speed – Offshore Service Craft) code, which now allows vessels under 500 tonnes to carry up to 60 industrial personnel. High Speed Utility Vessel (HSUV) Seacat Enterprise is the first vessel to be both built and registered in the UK under this new code.

The company says that 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 Services 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 OESV size and technician complement.

Both Seacat Enterprise and Seacat Courageous are ‘dual-classified’ under the recently introduced HS-OSC code and the existing Workboat Code, which means that they can be licensed to carry 12 ‘passengers’ under Workboat Code rules, and, as an HS-OSC craft, carry a further 12 ‘industrial personnel’.

Source: Jake Frith

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