New Incat fast crew boat
Australia’s Incat Crowther is building a first in type 70m fast crew boat at its Tasmanian yard, the first catamaran to incorporate a stabilised access platform into its design.
The stabilised access platform provides a level platform and gangway for workers to access an offshore installation.
Austal’s access platform compensates for the vessel’s motion by the use of six hydraulic cylinders. It will hold station using dynamic positioning in unison with the stabilising platform and crew transfers can be performed up to sea state 4.
The vessel will also be quipped with a crane lift personnel transfer system for two groups of nine offshore workers for redundancy and high sea operations.
Four MTU 16V4000 engines will power the vessel driving Hamilton HT-900 water jet propulsion. Four azimuthing drop-down thrusters will take care of manoeuvring.
Although the primary function of the vessel is crew transfer, it has over 1002m of cargo deck. This will allow the vessel to carry up to 110 tonnes of specialised equipment to a range of 300nm at speeds of up to 35 knots.
The new crew transfer vessel will be delivered to Caspian Marine Services Ltd (CMS) in Baku, Azerbaijan, via a transit through the Volga-Don Canal.
Once deployed, CMS will operate the vessel, providing crew transfer and hot shot cargo services to platforms in such fields as Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli (ACG), the largest oil field in Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea and Shah Deniz, a large offshore gas and condensate field.
The vessel is scheduled for delivery in September 2014.
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