Incat christens spectacular fast crew boat

Friday, 19 September 2014 18:08

Incat Tasmania has launched what it claims to be the world’s largest fast crew boat, christening the 70-metre vessel the ‘Muslim Magomayev’ at a ceremony at Incat’s Hobart shipyard.

The first vessel purpose-built by Incat Tasmania for the oil and gas industry, the ‘Muslim Magomayev’ will undergo sea trials before departing to Baku, Azerbaijan.

The vessel was named in honour of a famous Azerbaijani opera singer, who died in 2008.

Classified by DNV and featuring “Clean Design” notation, the vessel is a first-of-type DP2-class vessel and will be delivered to operator Caspian Marine Services.

Upon delivery and handover, she will perform fast crew transfers for 150 offshore workers to multiple installations in the Caspian Sea, with her high speed capabilities expected to present a competitive alternative to expensive helicopter transfers.

Crew transfer operations will be completed primarily by the Amplemann system, a stabilised access platform providing a stable deck and gangway.

According to Incat Tasmania, the access platform compensates for the vessel’s motion by using six hydraulic cylinders and will provide improved safety during crew transfers in conditions up to Sea State Four.

The vessel can also operate in 40-knot winds and seas of up to three metres.

Incat Tasmania said the vessel’s anticipated design speed was 36 knots with a service speed of 30 knots. On the first day on the water, the vessel achieved a speed of 38.7 knots lightship. She is powered by four 2,880kW engines coupled to Hamilton waterjets.

Designed in Australia, the vessel’s 16-metre beam was determined by the width of the Volga-Don Canal that it must transit on its delivery from Hobart, Tasmania to Baku in Azerbaijan, said Incat Tasmania.

Source: Baird Maritime