Alnmaritec, the specialist aluminium boat builder based in Northumberland, recently announced a landmark achievement with the successful launch of the 100th vessel built by the company. The company offers bespoke boats for a broad range of different roles from line handling and oil spill response to fish farming support and harbour patrol. It exports all over the world from the Antarctic to Africa and has built up an enviable reputation within the industry since it started building aluminium boats in the late 1980â€™s.
â€˜Enduranceâ€™ was launched in August of this year nearly a century after Shackletonâ€™s original boat and she is built for duties in wind farm maintenance support roles. As befits the famous name she carries the boat is built to excel whilst operating in extremely demanding conditions and she is one of the Alnmaritec Wave Commander class.
The â€˜Enduranceâ€™ has been built for the operators â€˜North Sea Logisticsâ€™ and she is the fifth in a series of sister vessels of the same design built for this company for support operations on offshore wind farms with a further vessel currently under construction at the yard.
â€˜Enduranceâ€™ is an aluminium asymmetric catamaran fitted with twin 875bhp Caterpillar C18 diesels engines driving conventional five bladed 800mm diameter fixed pitch propellers through Twin Disc MGX 5135 Quick Shift gearboxes. These give her a top speed of 25 knots and she is also fitted with twin electric bow thrusters which give her excellent manoeuvrability. Alnmaritec has paid particular attention to the standard of outfit in this vessel and she is fitted with wood panelling and trim in the interior, full suspension seating for the 12 passengers and 2 crew, full galley and WC as well as a turbine spares storage system. Dave Armstrong, the Managing Director of North Sea Logistics described Endurance as “the best boat that I have had built”.
Alnmaritec Managing Director Chris Millman said “We are delighted to have reached the landmark of 100 vessels completed and I am equally delighted that the customer is very happy with our 100th boat. I am proud of what we have achieved and letâ€™s hope we can keep our customers equally happy with the next hundred!!”
For further information please contact Chris Millman +44 (0)1665 602 917