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Naming Ceremony for Alicat Workboat

By - 26/06/2012 14:40

On Wednesday 30th May Alicat Workboats held a naming ceremony for the third London Array Crew transfer vessel. A competition was launched to name the latest Alicat vessel -  won by eight-year-old Thanet schoolgirl. Cerys Jones, who attends St Peter in Thanet CoE Junior School. Cerys chose the name ‘Ellida Array’ for the 17m aluminium catamaran, which has now started work for London Array.

Cerys said she chose the name Ellida Array because the Vikings landed in Thanet; in Viking folklore Ellida is the name of the boat given to the first Viking. Ellida is also the name of a moth, which takes advantage of the wind when flying. 

The vessel operates from Ramsgate alongside two other similar vessels – the Marian Array and the Smeaton Array. 

Her prize included an overnight stay for herself, her parents and five-year-old sister Lilia at the Imperial Hotel. The following morning, Cerys formally named the boat. The Mayor, director of Alicat - Nigel Darling, a pupil from neighbouring Greenacre School and Mrs Darling, were amongst those at the ceremony. All three boats will be operated by Gardline, which teamed up with London Array to offer local youngsters the chance to name the third and final vessel. The winning name was chosen by a panel from both companies with final approval given by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. 

During their stay, Cerys and her family were given a tour of the Alicat shipyard. . She then went onboard onboard the new workboat for a trip around the coastline before returning back to the quay for lunch and special presentations and speeches. Following this, Cerys and her family and a pupil from Greenacre school were taken to Joyland, a local fun park for some rides and an ice cream.

Michael Martins, Business Manager at Gardline, said: “We were delighted to welcome Cerys and her family for the naming of the Ellida Array and to see the yard where this state-of-the-art vessel was built. It was a great day and she thoroughly deserved her prize.” 

The Ellida Array is now working 24 hours a day for London Array on a three year contract. 

When complete, London Array will be the largest offshore wind farm in the world. Work on Phase One is underway and includes installing 175 turbines and two offshore substations.

 

 

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