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Mustang delivers first CSV for Briggs

22 Aug 2011
Humber Guardian is comprehensively equipped for survey operations, note crane and winch on upper aft deck.

Humber Guardian is comprehensively equipped for survey operations, note crane and winch on upper aft deck.

Mustang Marine (Wales) Ltd has delivered Humber Guardian, the first of three Coastal Survey Vessels commissioned by Briggs Marine Ltd for operation as part of the marine services contract it has with the Environment Agency.

Working closely with Incat Crowther, this 18m catamaran has incorporated a number of changes since the original specification, yet has still been delivered three months earlier than planned.

“Mustang Marine had to cope with many changes throughout the project as well as changes to design and upgrading of equipment that have come from within the company. The quality of the finished product is excellent”, said Briggs Marine project engineer  Martin Johnston, on taking delivery of the first boat, Humber Guardian, last month.

This newbuild catamaran features naval architecture and structural engineering provided by Incat Crowther of Sydney, Australia, with all detail production design and bespoke features provided in-house by Mustang Marine. The new catamarans are being built to comply with the MCA Small Vessel Code, Category 2, to operate up to 60 miles from safe haven.

Mustang Marine has chosen this robust, sea-kindly craft for fuel efficiency and minimal wake/wash characteristics. The hull, deck and superstructure are welded aluminium in accordance with the Lloyds Register Special Service Craft rules and regulations. The hulls are of round chine form and the deck and superstructure make extensive use of extruded plank sections to reduce welding and improve surface finish.

Designed for their primary role as Coastal Survey Vessels, the catamaran configuration allows for a large main aft working deck with superstructure forward and an elevated wheelhouse. This arrangement provides more than sufficient space for wet and dry laboratories for scientific work as well as a galley and mess area, all maximised for comfort and practicality. There is also ample room to store a 5m RIB if required to reach areas of restricted access to carry out further surveys.

The fit out of Humber Guardian has been carried out to the highest standards. Clean, functional materials which have been used, include wood trim detailing throughout. There are three double cabins.

The catamarans are each powered with twin Volvo D9-MH diesel engines rated 261bkW at 2,200rpm and close-coupled to Twin Disc MGX-5075 integral ‘V’-drive gearboxes turning conventional propellers. At the design displacement the vessel will be able to cruise at 17knots. There is a complete integrated electrical system on board utilising the EmpirBus NXT product line.

This catamaran is another example of not only the craftsmanship and attention to detail that Mustang Marine has built its reputation on but also their ability to listen to customers and interpret their requirements to deliver a boat that is fit for purpose and exceeds expectations.

 “This is an exciting project which has required close cooperation between Briggs, the Environment Agency and Mustang Marine to develop a platform capable of delivering the UK`s statutory monitoring programme for the next 15 years”, said Briggs Marine contract manager Gerry Walker.

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Humber Guardian is comprehensively equipped for survey operations, note crane and winch on upper aft deck. The 18m catamaran provides both comfort at sea and minimal wash/wake characteristics. The outstanding build quality evident in the wheelhouse is characteristic of the entire vessel. Spacious wet and dry laboratory areas lead forward to a galley/mess area which is aft of the elevated wheelhouse. There are 3 two-berth cabins below.

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