UK-based Diverse Marine has delivered the crew transfer vessel Iceni Valour to Turner Iceni. The vessel arrived ahead of schedule to commence a 10-year charter in the Liverpool Bay area
Iceni Valour is a 24-m aluminium crew transfer vessel (CTV) designed by Walker Marine Design to meet the specific requirements of Turner Iceni and their long-term client.
Powered by twin MAN D2862 LE263 1400 hp main engines with ZF3050 gearboxes and Hamilton Jet HM651 waterjet units, the vessel achieved sprint speeds of 29 knots – maintaining a service speed in excess of 25 knots.
With 12,000 litres of fuel and 12 technicians, the vessel can carry 20,000 kg of deck cargo with only a modest reduction in performance. The hybrid-ready Hamilton Jet AVX control system also provides station-keeping using the Jet-Anchor function to enable low fuel consumption position lock while standing by offshore.
Sea trials during February demonstrated minimal speed loss in higher sea states to ensure the vessel remains operational in the harshest of operating conditions. Twin 37-kW NANNI generators provide 400 V to the switchboard, providing shipwide hotel loads, as well as a power pack for the crane and winch.
The resiliently mounted deckhouse ensures very low vibration, with noise levels of just 58 DbA in the passenger saloon at 25 knots. The technician space benefits from Turner Iceni’s considerable experience as a CTV operator and features shock-mitigating seating, automatic climate control, large window areas, concealed lighting, a forward access door together with underfloor heating to ensure the space remains dry on the wettest days. The flat foredeck provides safe and secure access to on and offshore assets.
The bridge has what is described as a ’minimalist’ helm console with only essential equipment positioned for the skipper, to ensure that all controls are within arcs of movement.
Twin Furuno TZ Touch 19-in monitors provide the heart of the vessel’s navigation and communications with the ability to share information to twin 42-in and one 32-in Hatteland monitors using Furuno Time Zero.
At the core is an augmented reality system using a FLIR thermal camera to show AIS targets, routes, waypoints and navigation hazards over a video screen in real time. All non-essential equipment is located aft on a separate console enabling the crew to interrogate all systems without compromising the safe navigation of the vessel.
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