AUGUST 26, 2014 — Henderson, Western Australia, headquartered shipbuilder Strategic Marine has unveiled its Generation 3 crew transfer vessel for the international offshore markets.
The new 40 meter design has been in development since 2013.
Strategic Marine, which has shipyards in Singapore and Vitenam, focused on a more efficient hull, increased passenger, fuel and water capacities, higher payload and increased comfort.
"The Gen 3 design surpassed our expectations," says Reece Newbold, Head of Group Business Development. "Our team has developed a vessel we are confident will eclipse the competition."
The results of extensive tank and theoretical testing at the Australian Maritime College (AMC) in Tasmania exceeded Strategic's original expectations. AMC concluded the hull was the most efficient it had ever tested in the size range and within the operating speed profile.
"The key benefit we can pass on is the major saving in fuel achievable at speeds from 20 – 30+ knots," Mr. Newbold says. "An actual savings in horsepower of 10% at all speeds below 25 knots and even greater reduction in horsepower over 25 knots have been realized. What this means in real terms is a reduction in horsepower and fuel consumption to achieve the 25 knots currently specified by a large number of charterers."
The hull has been designed with adaptability in mind and the propulsion packages can vary in accordance with a client's engine preference and charterer's requirements.
The seating cabin has been increased in size and, depending on final layout, will cater for 100 passengers, all with expanded seat pitch. Improvements to the cargo deck area have also been made, featuring a clear deck area of 120 sq. m.
The Gen 3 can also be utilised for security/patrolboat duties, emergency response, oilspill recovery, firefighting, general workboat duties, or as a shadow vessel.
"Strategic Marine is delighted to bring this new model to the market," says Mr. Newbold. "Customers always ask their providers to keep up with technology and maximize what can be achieved – we listen and constantly strive to deliver. With the Gen 3, we can offer more savings in fuel consumption as well as all round increased capabilities and comfort."
In January this year, Strategic also began constructing crewboats and windfarm sector vessels for stock, shortening delivery periods to meet increased market demand. It says that the Gen 3 series is now under construction and orders are being finalized.