NEWS - Incat Crowther launches minerals utility vessel

Incat Crowther launches minerals utility vessel

Incat Crowther is pleased to announce the launch of Outer Limit, a 35m catamaran work boat for Offshore Unlimited to service Australia's oil and gas industry.

Launched by Richardson Devine Marine, Outer Limit is the third vessel for the operator after 2008’s Unlimited and 2010’s Limitless.

The vessel will be able to carry 125t of deadweight, with capacity for up to 56 passengers on day operations and 32 berths for overnight operations. Drawing on operational experience of Unlimited and Limitless, Outer Limit features numerous work spaces, with desks in every cabin and an upper deck workspace with 14 seats.

This workspace will be fitted with direct wireways to the aft deck to allow for quick installation and configuration of deck mounted equipment, whilst an adjacent bathroom improves functionality.

Two large cabins on the upper deck feature half height glass bulkheads with blinds to allow interaction between the workstations and the helm.

The main deck cabin houses a wet room with lockers and bathroom, lounge, galley, mess, medical room and six cabins. A pair of these cabins will be able to be joined by retracting a dividing wall, creating a large four berth cabin.

The vessel’s hulls house a further six cabins, four of which also feature a sliding joining partition. In addition to these cabins, the hulls house refrigerator and freezer rooms, as well as service and storage spaces which offer increased range and operational flexibility.

The aft working deck features over 160 sq m of work space - enough to accommodate a quartet of 20 foot containers. A Heila HLM 35-4S deck crane is fitted with remote control. A moon pool is also fitted and there are mounts for a removable luffing A-Frame with 20 tonne capacity.

The vessel is powered by a pair of Caterpillar C32 ACERT main engines, each producing 1600hp. Propulsion is by a pair of five-bladed propellers. In recent trials, Outer Limit achieved a loaded speed in excess of 22kt.

Service speed will be 20kt and the range will be 1800nm. Manoeuvring is enhanced by a pair of Wesmar bow thrusters.

Incat Crowther is proud of its on-going collaboration with RDM and Offshore Unlimited, which has resulted in a third progressive utility vessel, offering the operator even greater revenue earning potential.