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29 September, 2015 - 12:40 By Kate Sweeney

Renewables firm launches in Lowestoft

Windcat Workboats at the Port of Lowestoft

Windcat Workboats has launched its latest vessel for the growing renewable energy industry at ABP’s Port of Lowestoft.

The vessel, ‘Windcat 38,’ is the first to be launched following the signing of a long-term lease agreement between ABP and Windcat Workboats for their new marine engineering facility in the port.

Windcat Workboats owns and operates over 38 offshore crew transfer vessels which are predominantly used in the European offshore wind sector.

The facility, over 1370 square metres in size, will be the main hub for servicing and maintenance of Windcat Workboats entire fleet.

Managing Director of Windcat Workboats, Neil Clarkson, said: “We have a great deal of confidence that Lowestoft will support our business growth. The town is close to the main European market which, with the development of the East Anglia One and Galloper Offshore Wind Farms, will continue to expand.

“The development of the engineering base was made possible with the support of Associated British Ports who provide the hoisting facilities enabling the development of the site to go ahead. ‘Windcat 38’ will be one in a long line of Windcats working on Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm.”

ABP Short Sea Ports Director Andrew Harston said: “We are delighted that Windcat Workboats have selected the Port of Lowestoft as the long term base for their vessel support facility, which adds to the growing cluster of support services that can be offered from Lowestoft.”

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