Utility cat for Offshore UnlimitedVessel & ROV News // March 23, 2010
Limitless will work for Offshore Unlimited in the Bass Strait initially.
Incat Crowther has announced the launch of the 29m utility catamaran Limitless. The vessel follows up on the highly successful Unlimited, a 24m utility catamaran designed by Incat Crowther for the same operator.
Limitless is the 50th vessel built by Richardson Devine Marine and debuts the latest evolution of Incat Crowther’s hullform. This hullform has already proven itself during sea trials, recording a top speed of 30.5 knots. The new and improved hull means the larger, more capable vessel is able to travel 3 knots faster with a power increase of only 100hp.
Limitless is capable of carrying 60 tonnes of deadweight. The aft deck, with a cargo capacity of 24 tonnes, is configurable for multiple uses. It has a large moonpool for exploration services, securing points for 2 x 20 foot containers, a Heila deck crane (capable of lifting 6.5 tonnes) and a removable hydraulic 5-tonne SWL A-Frame (including a reel winch). The vessel also features a towing hook with a bollard pull of 15 tonnes.
In the main deck cabin and hull spaces, Limitless features accommodation for 12, including galley, lounge, laundry and pantry facilities. The upper deck wheelhouse feature crew and passenger seating and 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.
As well as bringing increased speed, the efficient new hullform also brings the advantage of increased range and better damping in a head sea, allowing the operator to reposition the vessel more effectively.
Limitless has taken its place alongside Unlimited in the Offshore Unlimited fleet, and will initially be deployed in Bass Strait. Offshore Unlimited is a Tasmanian company providing vessels to Australian waters with operations out of Dampier, WA and Mackay, QLD. Offshore Unlimited provides a comprehensive range of offshore services including offshore installation re-supply, seismic ship resupply, dive & ROV support, crew transfer and chase boat services.