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Windcat Workboats

Collect and analyse data to minimise the time that vessels aren't used.

Understanding and Monitoring Vessel Utilisation

Windcat Workboats operates its fleet of vessels to transfer personnel to and from offshore facilities. Our vessels are a valuable asset, and it is important that we use them efficiently. This means that we must capture data as to how and when they are used to get the most value out of our fleet.

This project aims to develop a process for tracking and analysing vessel time, with a focus on the non-operational or “downtime”. You will be supported over the course of your investigation into aspects such as establishing current systems, reviewing data collection and usage, interviews with key staff, and researching potential new systems which could increase efficiency.

This project will require you to collaborate with the various departments across Windcat Workboats and its current systems. You will develop a database that is as self-sufficient as possible to show the vessels’ usage. You should also create a report detailing your findings and consider ways to share your results with critical employees.


Key skills and interests

  • Quality management systems.
  • Computer/analytical skills
  • Working with data
  • Asset management
  • Offshore wind and crew transfers


Host company information

Windcat, operating since 2003 and owned by CMB of Belgium since 2020, is Europe’s leading offshore personnel transfer company, predominantly operating in the offshore wind sector but also the oil and gas sector. Windcat Workboats owns and operates a growing fleet of over 50 offshore crew transfer vessels with an ongoing new build programme. The vessels operate mainly in the European offshore wind sector, but also in the oil and gas industry and outside Europe. The vessels are designed and built by ourselves and, as such, include over 19 years of experience in the field. The vessel’s layout and propulsion is optimised to transfer personnel offshore in a safe and comfortable environment.

Address: Old Court Buildings, Whapload Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 1UR
Key contact: Courtnay Waller

Visit the Windcat Workboats website for more information about the host company

CREST Awards

This project has been designed to help students achieve a GOLD CREST Award. Download the CREST project guide to help you.

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