New Crewboat Design for Offshore O&G Market
Upgraded crewboat design employs carbon-reinforced composite materials and is lighter, faster and more fuel-efficient than alternatives.
Marine Oil Transportation Consultants Inc (MarinOIL) and Tuco Group of Denmark have concluded a cooperation agreement that will see the marine projects consultancy market the Tuco-designed and built ProZero workboat range to the offshore oil and gas sector.
The agreement includes the ProZero surfer, a lightweight 16m waterjet powered crewboat capable of 23 knots carrying up to 12 passengers. The latest design, based on proven hull lines, has been developed for service in various offshore markets, employing a closed cell polyethylene foam fender for safer personnel transfers.
Designed to be fast and efficient, the ProZero is also virtually unsinkable, thanks to its sandwich construction from glass fibre and carbon fibre around a PVC core which acts as a natural buoyancy reserve.
MarinOIL Director John M Kulukundis, said, “We are delighted to be working with Tuco and have been consistently impressed with their innovative use of technology in making the ProZero a highly effective surfer design and a quality alternative for offshore operators. Tuco boats deliver Scandinavian levels of quality and are an ideal fit for operators requiring fast, safe and efficient crew supply operations. The offshore industry depends upon continuous innovation and the ProZero range is a step forwards in the evolution of improved solutions for personnel transfer in offshore oil and gas as well as renewables markets.”
Tuco Managing Director Jonas Pedersen said, “MarinOIL brings a truly global network to the marketing process along with a deep knowledge of the requirements of the industry and we look forward working closely with them in this project. The ProZero is a well-proven design that we have consistently refined to reflect the changing demands of operators. The core concept is a boat that gives a competitive advantage, not only in terms of weight, but also on delivery time and customization. During the design phase a lot of thought was put into the flexibility of the design, resulting in a modular construction system that allows for maximum customisation.”