#NEWBUILD – Gardline Marine UK returned to Arklow Marine Services, having placed an order for a third windfarm service vessel, though on this occasion to a totally new design, writes Jehan Ashmore.
The 19m newbuild is to be constructed with a flexibly mounted deckhouse and wheelhouse in order to reduce noise absorbtion. Work will commence in early January and delivery date is July 2013.
Last June, the boatyard launched Guardian 10 on the River Avoca, this second 20m wind farm transfer service vessel was commissioned for Gardline and Alicat.
As previously reported on Afloat.ie she made her delivery promotional voyage the following month via the North Channel to her homeport of Great Yarmouth.
Currently at the yard is the Geological Survey of Ireland's RV Keary, which is undergoing modifications. She was recently lifted onto the quayside and where work is due to be completed with the vessel scheduled for re-launching early in the New Year.