Ireland’s first catamaran wind farm service craft under construction
Incat Crowther has announced the start of construction of a 27m Catamaran Wind Farm Service Vessel.
The third in Penguin’s Windflex 27 series, the vessel has been sold to Irish operator Farra Marine.
The vessel offers excellent speed, deadweight and seakeeping, making it capable of many roles in the Offshore Wind industry.
The vessel features two working decks. A large working deck forward can accommodate up to 4 x 10ft containers of 2 x 20 ft and is equipped with a deck crane. The aft deck can accommodate a 10ft container. Both decks multiple tie-down points for flexibility, accommodating every possible requirement or spares and equipment. The vessel has a deadweight above 50t.
Inside the main cabin is a large wet room with multiple showers, toilets and lockers. The main deck passenger space is large and open, with forward visibility, seating 24 personnel in comfortable suspended seats.
The upper deck features an elevated wheelhouse with commanding views over the bow, for safe transfer operations, behind which is a crew space with mess, bathroom and food preparation space.
The hulls feature 2 single crew cabins per side and bathrooms.
The Incat Crowther 27 is powered by quad Scania DI16 077M, each producing 662kW. Propulsion is via quad Hamilton 521 waterjets, giving the vessel excellent manoeuvrability. It will have an operating speed in excess of 29 knots.
The design is compliant with European regulations for the transfer of 24 offshore workers and will be classed with BV. It will be the first in the Farra Marine fleet and be the first such vessel operating under the Irish flag.
Penguin Shipyard commenced construction on the 3rd September with delivery expected Q2 2021.