Incat Crowther Launches 18m Catamarans
Incat Crowther has announced the launch of ASP Tyne and ASP Thames, two 18m Catamaran Wind Farm Service Craft. ASP Tyne and ASP Thames were constructed by Topaz Marine at their Abu Dhabi yard in the UAE, and will be delivered to ASP Holdings in the UK.
ASP Tyne and ASP Thames are the latest in a lineage of successful wind farm service craft from Incat Crowther, offering excellent efficiency and seakeeping, combined with practical and rugged operation. The vessels have dual cargo zones forward and aft, allowing maximum operational flexibility. The aft cargo deck can carry a 10 foot sea container, typically fitted with support equipment for the vessel’s turbine maintenance operations. The forward cargo deck carries supplies and parts to be transferred to the turbines. A Palfinger PK4501M crane is mounted to the port side of the forward cargo zone to facilitate transfer of this cargo to the turbines. Handrails are also fitted forward, allowing for safe transfer of personnel.
The vessels are fitted with a rugged replaceable bow appendage featuring vertical d-shaped fenders. Substantially stronger than the industry standard, this appendage allows ASP Tyne and ASP Thames to dock against turbines in rough conditions without risk of structural damage. Inside, large suspended seats accommodate 12 personnel, with a galley and mess space opposite. Two wet rooms are provided aft, one with lockers and a bench to allow personnel to change out of wet clothes, whilst the other houses a WC and shower. Overnight accommodation is provided in the hulls for the four crew.
ASP Tyne and ASP Thames are fitted with Scania DI16 42M main engines, each producing 503kW. The vessels are driven by 5-bladed propellers. They have a maximum speed of 26 knots, and a service speed of 23 knots. ASP Tyne and ASP Thames are designed and built to Det Norske Veritas’ new Wind Farm Craft rules, and will enter service under UK’s MCA code.
Additional wind farm specific vessels are currently under construction to Incat Crowther designs at several shipyards and are due to be launched shortly. For shipyards and operators looking to enter this market with reduced technical barriers, Incat Crowther offers wind farm vessels in aluminium kit form.
Incat Crowther continues to use its experience and expertise to support the growing wind farm service industry. ASP Tyne and ASP Thames represent the latest technology and offer class leading efficiency, ruggedness and flexibility.
SPECIFICATIONS - 18m CATAMARAN WIND FARM SUPPORT CRAFT
Length Overall 59’ 3” / 18.05m
Length Waterline 58’ 3” / 17.74m
Beam Overall 24’ 8” / 7.50m
Draft (hull) 3’ 4” / 1.00m
Draft (prop) 4’ 10” / 1.45m
Depth 9’ 3” / 2.80m
Construction Marine grade aluminium
Fuel Oil 1056 gallons / 4 000 litres
Fresh Water 211 gallons / 800 litres
Sullage 66 gallons / 250 litres
Aft Deck Capacity 10t
Aft Deck Load 3t/m2
Fwd Deck Capacity 4t
Fwd Deck Load 3t/m2
PROPULSION AND PERFORMANCE
Speed (Service) 23 knots
Speed (Max) 26 knots
Main Engines 2 x Scania DI16 42M
Power 2 x 503kW @ 2100rpm
Propulsion 2 x 5-bladed propeller
Generators 1 x Cummins Onan 19kW
Flag UK MCA SCV Category 1
Class / Survey DNV +1A1 HSLC R1 Wind Farm Service 1