Gulf Craft builds two Incat Crowther crew boatsWritten by Nick Blenkey
Two Incat Crowther design 58 m catamaran crew boats, to be named Seacor Lynx and Seacor Leopard, are under construction at Gulf Craft LLC, Paterson, LA, for Seacor Marine, Houma, LA.
The vessels will each be powered by four MTU 16V4000 M73L main engines, which will drive Hamilton HT-810 water jets. The vessels will have the capacity to reach speeds in excess of 46 knots.
Extensive seakeeping studies were performed to develop a design that not only improved passenger comfort, but also increased operational efficiency. The result is a vessel that reduces motions by an average of 20 percent, with vertical acceleration reduced by 40 percent.
The cargo deck is lined with hardwood inserts, and protected by heavy duty cargo rails at the sides. An optional landing rig for surfer class vessels can be fitted amidships. The vessels will have the capacity to carry 150 tons of deck cargo.
The combination of four reversing jets and two retractable azimuth thrusters, coupled with a Kongsberg control system, provides the vessels with dynamic positioning in a wide operating area. The vessels will have DP3 capability.
The main deck passenger cabin seats 150 at an increased pitch, whilst comfort is further enhanced with increased luggage space and additional toilets. The main passenger cabin also houses a snack bar.
The upper deck wheelhouse features forward and aft control stations. Outside are fire monitors and rescue boat. As well as excellent forward and aft visibility, direct stairs are provided to the foredeck for quick and safe mooring operations.
The hulls accommodate 14 crew in a mix of officer and non-rated cabins. The port hull features galley and mess facilities.
|Length Overall:||57.9 m|
|Length Waterline:||53.6 m|
|Draft Hull:||1.7 m|
|Deck Cargo:||150 t|
|Fuel:||87 820 liters|
|Fresh Water:||6 655 liters|
|Main Engines:||4 x MTU 16V4000 M73L|
|Installed Power:||4 x 2,880 kW @ 2,020 rpm|
|Propulsion:||2 x Hamilton HT-810 Waterjets|
|Generators:||2 x Cummins QSM11, 290 ekW|
|Construction Material:||Marine Grade Aluminum|
|Class:||ABS + A1 HSC Crewboat + AMS + DPS-3|
May 4, 2012
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