UK-based Alicat Workboats has won a contract from E.ON for the construction of four new vessels to support offshore wind generation.

The first 19m high-speed wind farm service vessel is scheduled to be delivered in mid-2013.

Following delivery, the vessel will be used to serve E.ON’s Robin Rigg Wind Farm off the UK’s Solway Firth.

Alicat ‘s yard is building the new aluminium catamarans based on the latest technology by Global Marine Design.

The new vessels feature a redesigned saloon and island wheelhouse arrangement, which are claimed to provide better loading capability across the fore deck, alongside a well-equipped aft deck.

All the vessels, to be equipped with two MAN V12 engines and jet propulsion via twin Rolls Royce Kamewa Jets, will be capable of running at a speed of 30 knots.

Alicat Workboats general manager Steve Thacker said: "At Alicat we’re as committed to the aftercare of the vessels as we are to building them in the first place and we look forward to forming a close working relationship during the construction of these vessels and beyond."

E.ON manager of Offshore Wind Operations Jon Beresford said: "Not only are Alicat very local to our Scroby Sands operational base, they also offer a quality product with through-life service, which as vessel owners is extremely important to us."

Alicat Workboats was founded in 2009 to meet the growing demand for vessels and to offer operation and maintenance support in the offshore wind sector.