London Array is announcing challenge to come up with a name for the third and final crew transfer vessel being supplied by Gardline to service the wind farm from the base at Ramsgate Port.
The 17m aluminium catamaran, or Alicat – specifically designed to transfer technicians to offshore sites – is due to enter service in early summer and will operate from Ramsgate alongside two other Gardline boats already at work, the Marianarray and the Smeaton Array, but there’s no reason why the third vessel has to have ‘array’ in its name.
Students can be as creative as possible in their suggestions, but the judges suggest they consider the local area and its features, links to renewable energy, the marine environment or science and technology when thinking of a name. The winning name will be picked by a panel from London Array and Gardline, who operate the vessel and who has teamed up with London Array to offer local youngsters the chance to name the third and final vessel, with final approval given by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
The successful student will not only win £500 for their school, but also an overnight trip for themselves and their immediate families or guardians to Gardline’s shipyard in Great Yarmouth over the summer holidays.
Offshore Nieuws Staff , February 8, 2012; Image: London Array