Australia-based marine design firm Incat Crowther has begun the construction of a first-of-type 70m Catamaran Fast Crew Boat (FCB) for Caspian Marine Services (CMS), with delivery scheduled for September 2014.
The vessel, which is being built at Incat Tasmania, will follow IMO HSC code standards and will include a crew transfer system featuring dynamic positioning equipment (DP2) and a stabilised access platform.
The vessel will be primarily used to transfer offshore workers to multiple offshore locations.
Designed to operate as fast crew transfer carrier, the 150-capacity vessel’s hull design has been modified for high speed transit.
To provide comfort for passengers, the FCB will be equipped with an advanced semi-SWATH hull with a resiliently mounted main cabin and active ride control system consisting of T-Foil, interceptors and yaw stabilisers.
The onboard noise, vibration and indoor climate of the vessel are designed in accordance with DNV comfort class notation.
The vessel can operate in sea conditions of 40-knot winds and 3m wave height.
The stabilised access platform uses six hydraulic cylinders to compensate for the vessel’s motion.
The vessel will incorporate a crane-lifted personnel transfer system that can lift up to two groups of nine workers in higher sea conditions.
In addition to crew transfer, the vessel provides over 100m² of cargo deck space, enough to carry up to 110t of equipment at speeds of up to 35 knots.
The vessel will be driven by four MTU 16V4000 engines at a service speed of 30 knots when fully-loaded.
The new vessel will be delivered to CMS in Azerbaijan via a transit through the Volga-Don Canal.
Image: A design image of the first-of-type DP2 IMO catamaran fast crew boat. Credit: Incat Crowther.