Incat Crowther's first Chinese CTV

4C Offshore | Sue Allen
By: 07/10/2021 Incat Crowther
Incat Crowther has announced its first purpose-built catamaran CTV is under construction at AFAI Southern Shipyard. The vessel will be operated by Goldsea Marine & Offshore Engineering (Shanghai) Co Ltd, supporting China’s offshore wind farm sector.

Incat Crowther has collaborated with the operator to develop a bespoke design, based on a semi-SWATH platform. It claims the platform offers stability in big seas and a comfortable ride for personnel.  The vessel will be propelled with controllable-pitch propellers offering excellent fuel economy and 20t bollard pull.

The Incat Crowther 32 features seats for 12 technicians. The main deck features four single cabins, two bathrooms, a locker and change area and a storage area for lift bags. There is also a refreshment area and adjacent settee.

The upper deck has two single cabins, a bathroom and a pantry and mess area. The wheelhouse is elevated, providing visibility over the bow, including with containers on deck.

The foredeck offers loading flexibility, with twist-lock container securing, cargo tie-down points and a deck crane capable of 2 tons @ 10m reach. Numerous deck lockers are situated around the main deck.

Incat Crowther stated its Resilient Bow Technology minimises impact loads at the wind turbine boat landings and reduces onboard acceleration.  This combined with the high bollard pull will provide a transfer wave height in excess of 2m.

Below decks are a workshop and a utility room, housing storage and laundry facilities.

The vessel will be powered by twin MAN D2862LE466 main engines, each producing 1,029kW, driving controllable-pitch propellers. The vessel will have a service speed of 20knots, with a maximum speed of in excess of 25 knots.

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