Strategic Marine unveils new offshore crew transfer vessel
Dubai, August 26, 2014
Strategic Marine, a specialist shipbuilder for the oil and gas sector, has unveiled its Generation 3 crew transfer vessel for the international offshore markets.
The Strategic Marine Gen 3 40-metre boat is the latest model produced from a long background of designing and refining personnel transfer vessels currently servicing clients all over the world, said a statement.
In assassing areas to upgrade the Generation 2 model, Strategic Marine focused on a more efficient hull, increased passenger, fuel and water capacities, higher payload and increased comfort, it said.
“The Generation 3 design surpassed our expectations,” said 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 the group’s original suppositions about design optimisation.
The hull was the most efficient they had ever tested in the size range and within the operating speed profile, it said.
“The key benefit we can pass on is the major saving in fuel achievable at speeds from 20 – 30+ knots,” said Newbold.
“An actual saving in horsepower of 10 per cent at all speeds below 25 knots and even greater reduction in horsepower over 25 knots have been realised. 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. The improvements to the cargo deck area have also been made, featuring a clear deck area of 120 sq m.
The upgraded model can also be utilised for security/patrolboat duties, emergency response, oilspill recovery, firefighting, general workboat duties, or as a shadow vessel.
The Strategic Marine Generation 3 series is now under construction and orders are being settled. - TradeArabia News Service