Incat Crowther designed landing craft will support U.K. research ship’s supply role

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Landing craft will support research vessels resupply mission

Exeter Fabrication in the U.K. has recently launched Terror, a 14.3 meter Incat Crowther designed monohull landing craft that will be one of two support craft on the British Antarctic Survey polar research ship RRS Sir David Attenborough.

In addition to its science role, RRS Sir David Attenborough will support the resupply of the five Antarctic research stations operated by British Antarctic Survey. Terror will transfer food, vehicles, fuel and science equipment to any location where the water is too shallow for the new polar ship to approach.

The working deck of the landing craft will accommodate one 20 foot container or two 10 foot containers with twist-lock fittings and additional lashing points. A folding bow ramp and removable vehicle ramps combine with the shallow forefoot for bow loading, with the vessel being designed to load and accommodate a telehandler.

Image: Incat Crowther

The vessel’s Heila HLM10-2S deck crane is capable of lifting loads of 2 tonne to the cargo deck.

A kedge anchor and deck winch further enhance the functionality of the vessel.

The challenge that faced Incat Crowther was fitting all of this capability and performance into a package that fitted the mother ship’s available deck space and launching capacity. Meeting the challenge, Terror features high capability for her compact size, weighing in at under 22 tonnes.

An elevated wheelhouse affords excellent visibility and accommodates three crew in addition to the captain. The vessel can an additional 12 personnel.

The vessel is powered by twin Doosan L086TIH main engines driving fixed-pitch propellers and robust skegs for protection. The vessel has a service speed of 9 knots.


Length Overall

46’ 11” / 14.3m

Length Waterline

42’ / 12.8m

Beam Overall

16’ 5” / 5.0m

Draft (max)

3’ 7” / 1.1m


6’ 7” / 2.0m


Marine grade aluminium


Fuel Oil

450 gallons / 1 700 litres





Deck cargo

16 tonnes


Speed (Service)

9 knots

Speed (Max)

10 knots

Main Engines

2 x Doosan L086TIH


2 x 210kW @ 2100rpm


2 x Fixed-pitch propellers




Class / Survey


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