South Boats deliver windfarm support catamaran with leather, teak fittings, for VIP guest accommodation for operator Iceni Marine Services
South Boats Special Projects Ltd. announces the commissioning of its 54th offshore wind farm crew transfer vessel, ‘Iceni Pride’. The vessel is a South Catamaran 13m Rapid Response Vessel (RRV) built to fulfil a 5 year contract Iceni Marine Services has in place with Scottish & Southern Energy on their Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm project. This vessel is the fourth built for Iceni with a further three in build and on order.
Iceni Pride is outfitted to a very high standard with an abundance of teak and leather to take into account that one of the roles is VIP transportation. Six Beurteaux Ocean Club leather seats either side of the central companionway are fitted with a dedicated lifejacket stowage, table and document pouch.
The ‘Iceni Pride’ has an LOA of 14.2m, Beam of 5.3m, Draught of 0.8m and a lightship displacement of 14 tons. The 13m RRV was originally designed to cover a number of support roles through the construction and operation & maintenance phases and is amongst the most fuel efficient and flexible vessels available to the industry.
Powered by twin Caterpillar C9 ACERT 510mhp diesel engines coupled to Hamilton HJ364 water jet units the vessel achieved a sprint speed of 30 knots and is capable of cruising at speeds in excess of 25 knots with 12 passengers and full fuel in departure condition. The vessel is fitted with Hamilton’s Blue Arrow control system.
The vessel is fitted with satellite TV, DVD, wireless 3G internet and satellite communications. A modular kit bag storage area aft can quickly be turned into a survey station when the need arises. The helm is fitted across the front of the wheelhouse with an extensive array Furuno electronic navigation aids including, main radar, secondary radar, chart plotter, secondary chart plotter, recording CCTV system, class A AIS, satellite compass, navtex, gps and two DSC VHF radios. The bridge has heated forward screens to eliminate misting.