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The company part of J.R. Rix Sons Ltd will take delivery of a 27.4m ship built by French company Piriou next April. The boat the largest in Rix Sea Shuttles fleet is designed to operate in the shallow waters around wind farms and will use jet engines instead of a traditional prop and propeller configuration making it more manoeuvrable. James Doyle managing director of Rix Sea Shuttle said they had decided to expand their fleet due to growing demand. Currently all the companys other boats the Rix Cheetah Rix Panther Rix Tiger and the Rix Lion are working at wind farms in UK and European waters. Mr Doyle said Demand for crew transfer vessels has increased significantly this year and is forecast to grow exponentially in 2016. With all our current boats chartered we need more capacity. We have ordered this boat at precisely the right time. As the UK and European offshore market has begun to mature the industry has got a much better understanding of what vessels are needed to do what jobs. In effect it is becoming more specialised. Our strategy has always been to develop a varied fleet of crew transfer vessels to give us the ability to work across all aspects of the sector and the new boat builds on that. It will enable us to operate in shallow waters so broadens the range of work we can carry out. The vessel due to be named the Rix Leopard has been designed by leading naval architect Nigel Gee and is currently under construction in Vietnam. It has a top speed of 27.5 knots a maximum cargo capacity of 20 tonnes and features an 8.5 tonne crane as standard. . From Brid to THMAIL reports on how Humber firms are backing Rix Sea Shuttle is extending its fleet of crew transfer vessels as it continues to makes waves in the offshore wind farm sector. 4 AFS Consultants a vessel traffic services training company has provided a bespoke induction course for Associated British Ports apprentice training scheme in Immingham. This is the third course that ABP has commissioned for their apprentices using AFS Consultants to supply training in nautical knowledge and local port services. The course is designed to give the students an introduction to the marine industry by focusing on aspects of ships and their operation as well as their interaction with ports and harbours. AFS Consultants which recently agreed two two-year training contract extensions for clients in Brazil and the United Arab Emirates has also gained Maritime and Coastguard Agency approval for delivery of human element leadership and management courses. These courses are normally for sea going officers such as master or chief mate on ships of 500gt or more but are also ideal for shore-based personnel. Whitby offshore centre moves closer The development of Endeavour Wharf Whitby as an offshore wind OM centre took a step closer to fruition with recent public consultation. Dalby Offshore Services and Scarborough Borough Council are jointly developing the facility and sought comment on the design by architect Group Ginger of Leeds. It will also be a base for technical and engineering companies needed to maintain the turbines and there will be a public exhibition space where people can see what is happening out at sea via a video link. A final decision by the council is expected by the end of 2015 after which the project should take a year to complete. Laurie Farmer of Dalby Offshore said We are taking a third of Endeavour Wharf all together and expect to be create between 300 and 400 jobs for the borough. These jobs will be at sea and in support operations on shore. l Dalby Offshore has added a further vessel to its growing fleet of offshore wind farm support vessels by acquiring a high specification Damen 2610 mark 2 Twin Axe vessel from Australia. The 25m vessel has been named the Dalby Ribble and has been registered in Whitby. Fellow THMA member Myton Law provided legal advice on all aspects of the acquisition. Emirates ports group AFS Consultants provided vessel traffic services training in the United Arab Emirates for Abu Dhabi Ports. AFS on a global course