Making new waves in the offshore industry

Rix Tiger on sea trials
Rix Tiger on sea trials

A new vessel to serve the offshore wind industry is making waves at its Blyth home.

Blyth-based Rix Shipping has taken delivery of a new wave captain class of wind farm support vessels built by Alnmaritec.

‘Rix Tiger’ is the second vessel built for the company and will join her sister ‘Rix Panther’ in serving the offshore wind industry.

The vessel features the latest high efficiency hull form developed by the Alnmaritec design department and is powered by twin Cummins QSK 19 800bhp diesel engines.

She achieves a cruising speed of 24 knots and has demonstrated exceptional sea keeping characteristics during recent sea trials.

Alnmaritec managing director Chris Millman was pleased with the new vessel.

He said: “We have been building the boats used for wind farm crew transfer since the industry began in the early 2000s so we understand what clients are looking for from their boats.

“We are constantly reviewing and improving our offering as a result of close working relationships with our clients in the sector and we are delighted with our latest delivery, the Rix Tiger.”

James Doyle, managing director of Rix Shipping, said: “Rix has worked closely with Alnmaritec to create the Tiger and we are really pleased with the results.

“Between the two companies we have come up with a range of great innovations that have produced a top class vessel ready to work in the wind farm sector.

“Alnmaritec finished the boat on time and to specification and we are delighted to have taken delivery of what is our third wind farm work vessel.”