Austal delivers crew transfer vessel for Caspian Marine ServicesYard News // September 16, 2016
Austal Limited in Australia has delivered an Incat-Crowther designed crew transfer vessel, Rashid Behbudov, to Caspian Marine Services Limited (CMS) of Azerbaijan. The vessel has been delivered less than 12 months after construction commenced in October 2015.
The 70m catamaran, featuring DP2 (DYNPOS-AUTR) dynamic positioning and an Ampelmann walk-to-work gangway, was handed over to CMS at a ceremony at the Western Australian Maritime Museum in Fremantle.
Austal worked closely with CMS and Incat Crowther to integrate Marine Link, Austal’s control and monitoring system and Austal’s proprietary ride control technology with T-foils and interceptors that improve the vessel’s seakeeping characteristics and crew comfort.
The Austal ‘Offshore Express 70’ is an effective transport and logistics solution with more than 400m2 of cargo deck and the ability to carry 150 passengers (plus 16 crew) 400 nautical miles at 30 knots.
Austal said the vessel offers oil and gas industry operators "greater safety, reliability and economy than alternative offshore transportation modes, such as helicopters."
Austal won the A$44.5million contract to build the vessel, which is sistership to CMS’ Muslim Magomayev, in June 2015.