First of class 'Iceni Venture' 22m CTV provides focus for City of London Event
3rd March 2015
On Friday 27th February, following successful sea trails on Southampton Water, the brand new first of class ‘Iceni Venture’ was handed over to Iceni Marine Services, based in Lowestoft.
Prior to the vessel commencing work on a significant O&M contract, ‘Iceni Venture will be sailed up the River Thames on Tuesday 3rd March and moored at St. Katharine Docks, Tower Bridge. The vessel will then be the focus of an industry event organised by Iceni Marine Services.
Amongst those attanding will be the city banks and finance houses who help to fund the construction of such vessels, the main enegy companies, South Boats IOW who have constructed the Iceni Venture and Turner Group, the owners of Iceni Marine Services.
Iceni Marine Services Director, Richard Thurlow comments: “Today is a milestone for Iceni Marine Services - bringing our new first of class 22m Iceni Venture into the heart of the City of London. With Iceni Pride, our 14m rapid response vessel also on display, we will provide our guests with a real insight into the offshore wind industry and also demonstrate the quality of the Iceni fleet.”
The Iceni Venture is an all-new South Cat 22m and has benfitted from the extensive testing programme carried out to by South Boats to understand the benefits and limitations of various hull forms and how they perform.
Ben Colman, Sales & Marketing manager, South Boats IOW: “Many of the existing hull forms demonstrated peaks of performance in one area but tended to have dramatic limitations in another. Iceni Venture is the first crew transfer vessel to addresses this and promises to deliver a new benchmark in performance. In addition, this design has been fully tank tested to optimise sea-keeping, running trim and performance.”
Iceni Venture will carry 12 technicians alongside three crew members to and from wind farm developments in UK and European waters. She is South Boats' first to employ a controllable pitch propeller using Servogear, and has achieved sprint speeds of up to 32 knots in recent sea trials.
The Iceni Venture and sister vessel Iceni Vengeance (due to be launched in later this month) will expand the Iceni fleet of South Catamarans to six.