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    Another Incat Crowther vessel for Offshore Unlimited

    Vessel & ROV News // February 26, 2010

    Incat Crowther has†announced that it is†designing a second utility catamaran for Offshore Unlimited.

    This vessel follows the success of Unlimited, a 24m utility catamaran designed by Incat Crowther for the same operator. The 29m utility Catamaran enhances Incat Crowther's diverse product range that includes work boats, passenger ferries and recreational vessels of all configurations and sizes.

    The new vessel will be a 29m high speed catamaran work boat capable of carrying 50 tonnes of deadweight. The aft deck, with a cargo capacity of 24 tonnes, is configurable for multiple uses. It includes a large moon pool for exploration services, securing points for 2 x 20 foot containers, a Heila deck crane (capable of lifting 6.7 tonnes) and a removable hydraulic 5 tonne A-Frame (including a reel winch).

    As with Unlimited, the new vessel will feature a towing hook enabling the vessel to undertake lightweight tug duties. The vessel will have a bollard pull of 12 tonnes.
    The main deck cabin houses the galley, lounge and crew mess area, along with two officer cabins. Wash facilities are also provided on this deck, one accommodating laundry facilities.

    Additional crew cabins are located in both the port and starboard hulls (bringing the vessel total to 12 berths), with a large pantry in the port hull. The upper deck wheelhouse features crew and passenger seating and well equipped work stations, whilst the central helm seat affords good all round visibility. Two wing control stations are fitted forward on either side with a tender/rescue boat† situated aft within easy reach of the deck crane.

    The vessel will have a total capacity of 50 personnel, including the vesselís crew. It will have an extended range, allowing the operator to reposition the vessel far more effectively.

    Like its predecessor, the vessel will be built at Richardson Devine Marine in Hobart, with delivery expected in early 2010.

    This vessel will build on the success of RDMís commercial projects, and showcases the yardís ability to offer custom build solutions.

    The vessel will become part of the fleet owned and operated by Offshore Unlimited, a Tasmanian company providing vessels to Australian waters with operations out of Dampier, WA and Mackay, Queensland.

    Offshore Unlimited provides a†range of offshore services including offshore installation re-supply, seismic ship re-supply, dive & ROV support, crew transfer and chase boat services.

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