Unique offshore daughtercraft partnership
South Africa’s Veecraft Marine and the Unique Group have announced a strategic agreement for the continued manufacture of the next-generation HYDRACraft 1400 Diving Daughtercraft.
The vessel has been designed to help set a new standard for Unique Group customers for off shore oil and gas diving operations.
“The HYDRACraft 1400 project is a fantastic example of multinational maritime collaboration, the joining of forces between Unique Group’s diving expertise and Veecraft’s ability to design and manufacture wholly-customized commercial sea-craft,” said James Fisher, CEO of Paramount Maritime.
Mr Fisher said that the order is a repeat build for one of its customers, with the release of additional HYDRACraft 1400 into the offshore O&G market.
With its unique combination of light weight composites and aluminium ship building technologies, the light weight 14m, MCA certified HYDRACraft 1400 Diving Daughtercraft can be deployed from a single point Mac Gregor 10T Davit.
It can support the diving operations of up to three divers, hosts diesel jet propulsion and is fully integrated with the latest in contemporary diving systems.
The designed specifications of the HYDRACraft 1400 will be tested during upcoming sea trials to ensure that design criteria have been exceeded.
Vessel maneuvrability will also be tested, including an endurance run at full speed. The Sea Trial will mark part of the official acceptance of the HYDRACraft 1400, according to Flag State rules and regulations. Delivery is set for January of 2019.
Veecraft Marine is a subsidiary of Paramount Maritime which offers vessel design and construction, new vessel leasing and life-cycle services and vessel operating and vessel support.
By Anne-Marie Causer
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