Supacat launches new multi purpose vessel

The SMV24 features a through deck and integrated rail system, which is key to its multi role performance The SMV24 features a through deck and integrated rail system, which is key to its multi role performance

International boatbuilder Supacat launched its new multi purpose vessel, which it says will transform offshore windfarm and maritime engineering operations, at the Seawork Exhibition this week.

Jamie Clarke, Supacat, told Maritime Journal: “We started off building reliable trucks for the defence sector for use in harsh environments and saw an opportunity to enter the offshore windfarm sector after carrying out detailed analysis of offshore operations.”

The 25.7m SMV24 is a new catamaran concept designed to provide operators with “one boat to replace many”, enabling operators to conduct a wide range of support tasks including windfarm support, diving, survey, fuel transport, general cargo, passenger transport and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) support.

The new DNV classed vessel features a through deck and integrated rail system, which are designed to accommodate ISO containers, a deck crane or diving rig. The deck can carry up to 50ft of ISO containers in a variety of 20ft and 10ft combinations, other general cargo or a combination of cargo types.

When operated by a crew of three or four, it can carry up to 12 additional passengers and up to 30 tonnes of cargo and can achieve speeds of up to 30 knots.

Supacat commissioned naval architects Incat Crowther to turn the concept into a detailed design and for advice on classification has worked closely with DNV.

The vessel is currently being built by Mustang Marine (Wales) Ltd at its Pembroke Dock facility. It's constructed from marine grade aluminium with double bottom to ensure maximum survivability. 

The vessel is due for completion in September 2013. Mr Clarke explained: “No orders have been placed yet but we’ve had a lot of interest from people at Seawork. The main reason we’re building the vessel now is to give people the chance to ‘try before they buy’ – a lot of the time that isn’t an option.”

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