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    Another Incat Crowther utility cat delivered

    Vessel & ROV News // January 19, 2011

    Incat Crowther in Australia recently announced the launch of a 28m utility catamaran at Richardson Devine Marine in Tasmania.

    Built for Carpentaria Contracting, Strait Shooter is an evolution of Limitless, launched in 2009, which has been a great success for its operator. Strait Shooter builds on the design features of Limitless, and adds some more features specifically developed for Carpentaria Contracting.

    The greatest change has been to implement a large propeller tunnel to reduce the draft of the vessel. Aggressive propeller tunnels can be hugely detrimental if executed poorly, however Incat Crowther’s team of naval architects have developed a propeller tunnel shape which significantly reduced the draft of the vessel without effecting its speed or efficiency.

    Forward stairs have been added at the forward end of the upper deck, allowing quick and safe access from the wheelhouse to the foredeck for mooring activities.

    Fendering has been increased, with tyres forward as well as extended diagonal rubber fenders on the hull. An extra run of rubber fendering has been added to the aft end of the upper deck to give it extra protection when loading items onto the cargo deck.

    The upper deck aft has been extended aft and integrated with the air trunks under, providing control areas for the vessel and crane, each with an excellent view over the cargo deck.

    A large stern roller has been fitted to the transom, whilst structure and rails have also been added for a movable aft lifting platform.

    As with Limitless, Strait Shooter is fitted with a pair of Caterpillar C32 Acert main engines, and achieved a speed of over 30 knots on recent performance trials.

    Incat Crowther said it is looking forward to a busy 2011, having finished 2010 with over 40 vessels under construction to the company’s designs.

     

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