Hull firm Rix Sea Shuttle lands contract at world's largest wind farm

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 4 Dec 2017

Hull-based Rix Sea Shuttle, which specialises in transferring offshore crews, has landed a major contract at the world’s largest wind farm off the East Yorkshire coast.

The business, part of the JRRix & Sons group based in Spyvee Street, won a two-year charter for its boats, the Rix Lynx and Rix Leopard, at Hornsea Project One.

Planned to be the largest offshore wind farm in the world, operated and maintained out of Grimsby, Hornsea Project One is being built 120km off the East Yorkshire coast and is run by Orsted, which recently changed its name from Dong Energy.

READ MORE: Hornsea Project One provides further UK manufacturing boost

The ships will remain offshore for up to two weeks at a time, also working out from across from Humber Estuary.

The Rix Sea Leopard ship

The crew will be accommodated both on board and on an accommodation jack-up at the offshore site for the wind farm which will spread across 407 sq km and feature 174 wind turbines.

Offshore construction is due to start next year and when completed, it will be capable of powering well over one million homes.

Read more: Hull firm Rix Sea Shuttle wins £2m wind farm contract

The contract is the first Rix Sea Shuttle has landed in its own back yard, which the Hull-based firm says makes it a particularly special achievement.

James Doyle, managing director of Rix Sea Shuttle, said he was particularly pleased that the company’s biggest contract win to date was for a Humber-based project.

The charter, which came via Danish company MH-O&Co, is extendable by three years once the initial two-year charter has elapsed.

James Doyle, managing director of Rix Sea Shuttle

Mr Doyle said: “Winning this contract is great news. It is our biggest charter to date in the offshore wind sector and the fact that it is in our own backyard makes it even more special.

“It is also fantastic to be associated with what will be the world’s biggest offshore wind farm.

"Hornsea Project One is a phenomenally ambitious development that is very important to our region, so playing even a small part in its construction is a proud achievement for us.”

Sister vessels the Rix Lynx and Rix Leopard are the largest boats in Rix’s fleet, measuring 27.4 metres in length and capable of carrying a crew of six plus 24 passengers.

Mr Doyle said that the size of the vessels had played a key role in winning the contract.

He said: “There is a strong market for larger crew transfer vessels now because they are very versatile. The Leopard was the first fully certified 24-passenger crew transfer vessel in UK and the Lynx was the second, which goes to show we are at the forefront of our industry.”

Mik Henriksen, of MH-O&Co, said: “We look very much forward to working closely with Rix Sea Shuttle for many years to come.”

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