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Incat Crowther to design 20 m monohull for South African military

Written by Nick Blenkey
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SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 — Incat Crowther has been awarded a contract by Cape Town shipbuilder Veecraft Marine for the design of a 20 m monohull workboat for the South African National Defense Force.

The aluminum hulled vessel will be used for the transportation of personnel and equipment and support training activities in coastal areas up to 10 miles off the coast under the inclement weather conditions often experienced in the area.

The vessel is being designed in accordance with BV requirements and in compliance with flag state rules as defined by South African Maritime Authority (SAMSA) for Category C vessels.

The main deck features a forward deckhouse with wheelhouse above and a 25 sq.m aft cargo deck. The modestly sized deckhouse is fitted with galley and mess areas along with two bathrooms and a deck locker accessible from the cargo deck. The wheelhouse is arranged for 360-degree visibility, including an unobstructed view of the cargo deck.

The cargo deck is able to accommodate a 6 m ISO container and is also fitted with a 5 t marine crane. A foldable dive platform is fitted aft of the transom along with stairs integrated into the main deck to provide safe access.

Below deck are two 7.5 cu.m cargo holds with access hatches above, engine room, fuel and water tanks, and a crew accommodation space. The crew accommodations feature three stateroom each with three bunks for a total capacity of twelve crew members.

Other features of the vessel include a robust fendering system and heavy towing bollards on each end of the vessel.

With a service speed of 16 knots at a deadweight load of 20 tonnes, the vessel will be powered by two ( MAN D2862 LE431 marine engines rated at 588kw @ 1,800 rpm driving Teignbridge fixed pitch propellers through ZF 2050 gearboxes.

The vessel will be the sixteenth Incat Crowther vessel built by Veecraft in less than a decade.


Length Overall 20.0 m

Length Waterline 19.4 m

Beam Overall 5.5 m

Draft (hull) 1.2 m

Draft (prop or max) 1.7 m

Depth 2.8 m

Construction Marine grade aluminum


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