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    Austal Ships delivers catamaran crewboat

    Yard News // November 21, 2016

    Incat Crowther has announced the delivery of Pacific Kestrel, a 57m catamaran crewboat for Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO) that was built by Austal Ships. The 40 knot vessel is capable of transporting 90 personnel plus cargo to offshore platforms in up to sea state 6.

    The vessel has a large aft 200m2 cargo deck with integrated structural mounts and on board support systems for the fitment of an Ampelmann motion compensated gangway, facilitating the safe transfer of personnel to offshore platforms.

    Aided by a DP2 dynamic positioning system, the vessel will hold station in rough conditions during crew transfers with multiple redundancies to complete transfers in the unlikely event of a main engine, thruster or individual system failure.

    Similar systems are already in service on the 70m vessels Muslim Magomayev and Rashid Behbudov also designed by Incat Crowther.

    The main deck cabin houses individual reclining seats for 90 personnel, with luggage racks and a medical treatment room. Forward of this cabin is crew accommodation, consisting of galley and mess, laundry and access to the hulls.

    The mid deck houses a further 10 cabins, all with bathrooms. The wheelhouse is situated on the third deck, with forward and aft control stations and a ship’s office. All accommodation spaces comply with MLC 96 / ILO 92 guidelines.

    Featuring Incat Crowther’s proven semi-SWATH hullform, the vessel is fast and efficient. Fitted with a powertrain consisting of four MTU 16V4000 main engines, driving Hamilton HT810 water jets, Pacific Kestrel met its contractual loaded service speed of 40knots in sea trials.

    The vessel also has search and rescue capability with a Fast Rescue Craft and a chemical dispersant system for oil spill first-response capability. The vessel is intended as a robust, versatile and cost efficient alternative to aviation transport.

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