Posted on Feb 8, 2012 by bencolman in Recent Deliveries

South Boats delivers latest 18m WFSV 'Kinmel Bay' to Turbine Transfers Ltd.

South Boats Special Projects Ltd. is pleased to announce the launch and commissioning of its 49th offshore wind farm crew transfer vessel, ‘Kinmel Bay’. The vessel is a South Catamaran 18m and is the sixth of vessel of class built for Turbine Transfers Ltd. This vessel complements the twenty six wind farm vessels already built or in build for Turbine Transfers Ltd. by South Boats.

The ‘Kinmel Bay’ has an LOA of 19.1m, Beam of 7.3m, Draught of 1.2m and a lightship displacement of 40 tonnes. The vessel is configured with an aft mounted superstructure to maximise the forward deck, which is capable of carrying up to 10 tonnes of construction and O&M equipment.

Powered by twin MTU 8V2000 M72 965mhp diesel engines and coupled to Ultra Dynamics UJ575 water jet units the vessel achieved a sprint speed of 24 knots and is capable of cruising at speeds in excess of 20 knots in departure condition. A sophisticated hydraulics system driven by both ZF gearboxes powers an anchor drum winch, 5 bar 30,000 litre per hour fire
pump, 1.5 tonne hydraulic capstan, 210 bar 30 litre per minute pressure washer system and 3.5tm3 8 bar fuel transfer system and has provision for a Palfinger PK6501M fully folding knuckle boom crane. The integrated system offers full redundancy from two supplies. An ONAN 13.5kW 230V AC generator set supplies power to the ring main and AC services.

This latest generation vessel has a totally reworked interior arrangement with a forward entrance door into the saloon with six crew seats to stbd arranged as three rows of two with the after rows facing each other with a table between and six crew seats arranged as two rows of three, all with tables forward facing to stbd. A twin screen entertainment system is fitted with TV/DVD and forward looking cameras. There is also an aft galley and mess area with settee seating and table. Aft, is a two berth accommodation space/rest room/storage room.

The bridge has a fully integrated Furuno electronic suite comprising twin radars, twin chart plotters, video sounder, fully recording CCTV, low light camera, thermal imaging camera, AIS, satellite compass, twin DSC radio’s, MF/HF, load hailer, GPS and auto pilot. The bridge has heated forward screens to eliminate misting.

All windows in the vessel are fully double glazed to eliminate condensation to provide the technicians with clear visibility out of the vessel and free standing air intake and air extraction systems for the machinery spaces and high tech anti-noise and vibration matting minimise noise and vibration to the passenger saloon areas.

South Boats continues to build 25 wind farm crew transfer vessels per annum and the new generation 16m, 17m, 19m, 24m and 28m designs are now populating the range and those not yet started will come on line over the next few months. All of the new generation vessels feature modular superstructures, integrated systems, options for secondary access systems and new bow fender system. With 5 years experience building 49 wind farm vessels for 15 operators and having worked on over 25 projects, there is no doubt that South Boats catamarans remain the vessel of industry choice. To download the PDF file please click HERE

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