SEACOR Marine christens first CrewZer class crewboatVessel & ROV News // February 19, 2008
Seacor Cheetah has a catamaran hullform.
SEACOR Marine in the US has christened its first CrewZer class crewboat, Seacor Cheetah, in Galveston, Texas.
Joyce McCall, wife of nearly 50 years to offshore industry pioneer Norman McCall, acted as the vessel's sponsor in recognition of her life-long contribution to the McCall legacy.
Seacor Cheetah was designed to provide customers a faster and more stable delivery platform than the industry standard. After examining various hull types, SEACOR chose the catamaran's twin-hull design for its ability to reach top speeds in excess of 40 knots while increasing passenger comfort and safety.
Said the company: "Seacor Cheetah enables logistics managers to establish efficient loop-style routes between high-traffic platforms and shore-base operations. Following an evaluation of several personnel transfer methods, SEACOR selected Reflex Marine to develop the 9-person FROG personnel transfer system for the vessel."
Built at Gulf Craft shipyard, Seacor Cheetah is equipped with state-of-the-art electronics, communications and navigation systems.
Its DP 2 rating, combined with its wide, stable work deck allows the vessel to hold station in weather conditions where other vessels simply could not work.
"We believe Seacor Cheetah represents a truly innovative addition to SEACOR's crewboat fleet and a culmination of a sustained period of pioneering development," remarked Robert Clemons, Vice President, SEACOR Marine.
"Today's christening is testimony to the tremendous success of the growth and modernization of our fleet, and I believe it is a positive reflection upon the men and women who make up the SEACOR Marine team across the globe."