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Second multi-function buoy tender for Trinity House
launched at Northern Shipyard SA

The second new ship for Trinity House was launched on 26 July by Mrs Jane de Halpert, wife of the Trinity House executive chairman, Jeremy de Halpert, at the Northern Shipyard SA, subsidiary of Remontowa SA in Gdansk, Poland. This was the seventh launching at Northern Shipyard during this year and newbuilding no. 914 in its entire history.
The spectacular launching, witnessed by crowds of guests and Gdansk region inhabitants, followed addresses given by officials of Trinity House and REMONTOWA Group. Representatives of the Owners and guests (including mayor of the City of Gdansk Pawel Adamowicz and governor of the Pomeranian Province Jan Kozlowski) were warmly welcomed by Jaroslaw Flont, president of Northern Shipyard SA and Piotr Soyka, president of Remontowa SA.
Mr Piotr Soyka, expressed his thanks to Trinity House for the Institution's trust put in Remontowa's skills and competence, and his hope that this confidence has not been let down.


Speaking after the ceremony Jeremy de Halpert, said, "This is an exciting day for Trinity House and the other GLAs. It marks the start of the final stage of the GBP 38 m investment the GLAs have made in new vessels. These ships are being built to the high technical standards that we all demand in order for us to complete our exacting operations around the coastline of Britain. They will also allow us to continue to give a top class service with excellent ships at a highly competitive price thus ensuring the ship owners continue to get the best value for money."
Mr de Halpert mentioned the modern features of the vessels. He emphasized the skills and professionalism of the REMONTOWA Group yards. He also said: "We proudly display Alert, built here and doing very well in operations, to experts".
The 84 metre long Galatea has a helicopter-landing pad and is fitted with a range of high specification survey equipment that meets the highest and most modern technical standards. She has a 30-tonne capacity crane, azimuthing propellers, two 750kW bow thrusters and DP2 dynamic positioning.
The Galatea is scheduled for delivery early in 2007 and will replace the 1987 built Mermaid.


The Northern Lighthouse Board, the General Lighthouse Authority for Scotland and the Isle of Man, has also ordered an 84m MFT, Pharos, currently [at the end of July 2006] under outfitting, which is anticipated to be delivered in the autumn of 2006. The launching of the first ship of the same design, destined for Northern Lighthouse Board, was performed by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal on February 3, 2006. The first ship for Trinity House, THV Alert, was launched in October 2005 and delivered to Trinity House in April 2006.
The contract, signed on March 11, 2004 in London, with the Remontowa S.A. calls for the construction and delivery of two 84 m Multi-Function Tenders (MFTs), one for Northern Lighthouse Board (Pharos) and one for Trinity House (Galatea), as well as one 35 m Rapid Intervention Vessel (RIV) for Trinity House (Alert).


The ships are being built to the high technical standards demanded by the General Lighthouse Authorities for the exacting operations they conduct around our coast.
The tendering process to select the shipyard to build the vessels followed the requirements of the EU Procurement Directives. Remontowa SA have won the contract in fierce competition with several premier European yards.
Trinity House’s new Multi-Function Tender, Galatea, marks the final stage of a GBP 38 million investment, mentioned before, on three new vessels by the UK and Irish General Lighthouse Authorities (GLA’s).


Principal particulars:

Length overall 84,20 m
Breadth moulded16,50 m
Depth moulded to main deck7,20 m
Design draft4,25 m
Propulsion:
2 azimuthing units of 1500 kW each (Rolls Royce make)
2 bow thruster units of 750 kW each
Service speed12,50 kn
7 officer’s cabins
23 petty officer’s / crew cabins


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