Strategic Marine unveils third generation crew transfer vesselVessel & ROV News // August 29, 2014
Strategic Marine has unveiled its 'Generation 3' crew transfer vessel.
The Strategic Marine Gen 3 is a 40m boat and builds on the success of the Generation 2.
The new design has been in development since 2013. In assessing areas to upgrade, Strategic Marine says it focused on a more efficient hull, increased passenger, fuel and water capacities, higher payload and increased comfort.
“The key benefit we can pass on is the major saving in fuel achievable at speeds from 20–30+ knots,” said the company. “An actual saving in horsepower of 10 per cent at all speeds below 25 knots and even greater reduction in horsepower over 25 knots have been realised. What this means in real terms is a reduction in horsepower and fuel consumption to achieve the 25 knots currently specified by a large number of charterers.”
The hull has been designed with adaptability in mind and the propulsion packages can vary in accordance with a client’s engine preference and charterer’s requirements.
The seating cabin has been increased in size and, depending on final layout, will cater for 100 passengers, all with expanded seat pitch. Improvements to the cargo deck area have also been made, featuring a clear deck area of 120m2.
The Gen 3 can also be utilised for security/patrolboat duties, emergency response, oil spill recovery, firefighting, general workboat duties, or as a shadow vessel.
Strategic Marine said the Gen 3 series is now under construction and orders are being settled.