FIRST IRISH CATAMARAN WIND FARM CRAFT

Ireland’s first catamaran wind farm service craft is now under construction.

Penguin Shipyard is carrying out the build of the 27m Incat Crowther 27 service vessel. The third in Penguin’s Windflex 27 series, the vessel has been sold to Irish operator Farra Marine and will be the first of its kind to operate from Ireland.

Farra Orla is powered by quad Scania DI16 077M, each producing 662kW. Propulsion is via quad Hamilton 521 waterjets, giving the vessel excellent manoeuvrability. It will have an operating speed in excess of 29 knots.

The vessel features two working decks with flexibility for equipment storage. A large working deck forward can accommodate up to 4 x 10ft containers of 2 x 20ft and is equipped with a deck crane. The aft deck can accommodate a 10ft container. The vessel has a deadweight above 50t.

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.

The vessel’s speed, deadweight and seakeeping ability make it capable of many roles in the offshore wind industry.

Penguin Shipyard commenced construction on 3 September, with delivery expected Q2 2021.

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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