Windcat Workboats launched Windcat 28 this month. Windcat 28 is a vessel in the MK 3 series, an 18m aluminium catamaran specifically designed for the offshore wind industry which was built in Kuipers Woudsend ship yard in the Netherlands.
Windcat 28 is 18.0m in length over all and has a beam of 6.1m and a draft of 1.8m. She is powered by two MTU 2000 M72 V8 engines driving variable pitched propellers giving a maximum speed of 30 knots and service speed of 27 knots combining high performance with fuel economy.
Windcat 28 is built according to MCA SCV code category 2, GL class (GL + 100A5 HSDE III Workboat MC Overbar). She is the second Windcat to be GL classified and meets all the German flag state requirements, so able work in German and other northern European waters.
All the vessel’s navigation and radio equipment is Wheelmarked (MED certified). The vessel is equipped with double radar, ECDIS, AIS, GPS, auto pilot and a GPS compass and double VHF, Navtex etc. The vessel can carry up to 12 passengers and 2 crew and has the capacity to carry up to 2.5 tonnes of cargo on the foredeck.
Windcat 28 will be starting work immediately on the Greater Gabbard Wind Farm before departing for Oostende for the commissioning of Thornton Bank Phase II Offshore Wind Farm in Belgium next month.
Source: Windcat Workboats, March 26, 2012