An Asia-headquartered high speed vessel designer has struck an equipment deal for its new fast crew boats.


Schottel's Tunnel Thruster STT 51 FP will be installed on Penguin International's flagship Flex-42X series of eight executive fast crew boats. Photo: Schottel

Singapore-based Penguin International Ltd., an integrated designer, builder, owner and operator of high-speed crafts, has selected Schottel's Tunnel Thruster STT 51 FP for its flagship Flex-42X series of eight executive fast crew boats.

With a 95kW electric motor controlled by a variable frequency drive, the STT will be installed in the new vessels being built by Penguin International's shipyards in Singapore and Indonesia.

As the vessels are based on a completely re-designed aluminium monohull form, the STTs feature an aluminium tunnel as well as an aluminium lower gear housing. They thus support the vessel’s overall material properties with the advantages of reduced vessel weight and enhanced performance. Apart from this, the STT’s general low levels of noise and vibration support the vessels’ complete smooth ride, berthing and mooring.

Multi-role crew boats

The newly designed 42m long FLEX-42X has a moulded breadth of 8.00m, and a design draft of 1.60m. The clear deck cargo area is about 110m2, the fuel capacity is about 80,000 litres.

They support offshore oil and gas activities, maritime security services and other high-speed transportation requirements for personnel and cargo. Apart from that, they are designed to execute a variety of missions, including security and escort, search and rescue, fire fighting and medivac.

By Rebecca Jeffrey