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Thursday, September 30, 2021 

Great Yarmouth, UK, company Alicat has won a valuable contract with North Star Renewables, beating off competition to secure the build work for its first hybrid powered daughter craft fleet, destined for the Dogger Bank Offshore Wind Farm.

Alicat has been awarded North Star’s initial contract to build the first two daughter craft which will be powered by a combination of diesel and electric outboards, believed to be a world first for this type of vessel.

Designed by naval architect Chartwell Marine in collaboration with North Star, the craft will be used to safely transfer technicians from their accommodation onboard North Star’s service offshore vessels (SOVs), to work on the offshore wind turbines at Dogger Bank A and B.

Once the third phase, known as Dogger Bank C, is operational, it will become the biggest offshore wind farm built and be able to generate around 5% of the UK’s electricity.

With bases in Aberdeen, Newcastle and Lowestoft, North Star claims the world’s largest daughter rescue fleet and has been servicing the North Sea’s oil and gas sector for more than 40 years. It currently has 63 daughter craft within the existing fleet. The new hybrid daughter crafts include technology ensuring the vessels will not only deliver reduced carbon emissions, but provide comfort and safety for the technicians on board. The design offers increased sea state operability at significant wave heights of up to 1.7m.

North Star COO Robert Catchpole said: “We are very excited to announce Alicat as the chosen shipbuilder for our first next generation and new breed of sustainable, reliable, comfortable daughter craft fleet, configured specifically for the renewables sector.”

Alicat director Simon Coote said: “This multi-million-pound contract is a significant win for our business as it further establishes us on the renewables map as the first company in the world to build hybrid powered daughter craft, which is also the first offshore wind daughter craft to be built in the UK. Our involvement in testing and knowledge of the new breed of outboard propulsion packages has a significant role to play in the build of these innovative vessels."

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