Naval architect and designer Incat Crowther recently confirmed the start of construction of a 27-m catamaran crew transfer vessel for Irish operator Farra Marine
The vessel is the third in Singapore-based Penguin Shipyard’s Windflex 27 series. The designer said the vessel offers “excellent speed, deadweight and seakeeping.”
Farra Marine’s CTV will have two working decks, including a large working deck forward that can accommodate up to four 10-ft containers, that is also equipped with a deck crane. The aft deck can accommodate a single 10-ft container. Both decks have multiple tie-down points for flexibility, spares and equipment. The vessel has a deadweight of in excess of 50 tonnes.
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 have two single crew cabins per side and bathrooms.
The Incat Crowther 27 is powered by quad Scania DI16 077Ms, each producing 662 kW. 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. Apart from being the first CTV in the Farra Marine fleet, it will also be the first such vessel operating under the Irish flag.
Penguin Shipyard commenced construction on 3 September 2020. Delivery is expected in Q2 2021.