September 17, 2010
Incat Crowther to design crewboats for Nigerian service
Australia's Incat Crowther is to design two 30 m aluminum monohull crewboats for service in Nigeria. The brief is to design vessels that are easy to construct and robust in operation, with simple systems; in line with the demands of the region.
The project marks the start of a new collaboration between Incat Crowther and the South African shipyard that is to build the boats, Cape Town-based Veecraft Marine.
Each vessel will feature a large working deck with guard rails. Available cargo space will be nearly 80 sq.m. The main passenger cabin features doors forward and aft. There is a toilet and luggage rack aft, and comfortable seats for 30 passengers.
The forward cabin doors lead directly to the bow transfer station, protected by handrails, which allows safe, direct transfer to oil rigs.
The wheelhouse features both forward and aft control stations with excellent visibility. The vessels will each be powered by three Caterpillar C32s producing 1,450hp. Propulsion will be by 3 fixed-pitched propellers. Loaded service speed will be 25 knots.