Gulf Craft delivers third FSV in series to SEACOR

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The following is text of a news release from Incat Crowther:

(LAFAYETTE, La.) — Incat Crowther has announced the delivery of Libby L. McCall, the third in a new class of monohull fast support vessels (FSVs) for SEACOR Marine.

Libby L. McCall advances the traditional offshore support vessel model and offers a more cost efficient, comfortable, flexible, and safe option to helicopter transportation. The vessel’s passenger lounge features spacious reclining seating in privacy pods (similar to first-class airlines) along with full Internet connectivity, a well-equipped snack bar area and LED lighting. The vessel’s crew accommodation area includes staterooms for 16 crew along with a large galley and mess area plus walk-in pantry.

The vessel features redundancy to mitigate against down time or loss of functionality due to mechanical complications. Five Cummins QSK 60, EPA Tier 3-compliant diesel engines, each producing 2,680 hp, coupled to Twin Disc MGX 61500 SC gearboxes, are provided for main propulsion power. The propulsion machinery drives Hamilton HT-810 waterjets through a Cardan shafting system from Driveline Service of Portland, Ore. Electrical power is derived from three Cummins QSM 11 generator sets, each producing 290 kW and offshore station-keeping and dockside maneuverability is enabled by three Thrustmaster 30TT200 bow thrusters each outputting 200 hp. Station-keeping is enhanced through a Kongsberg DP-21 system providing Class 2 capability.

Additional design features include two FFS 250×350 XP firefighting pumps feeding FFS 1200LB remote-controlled monitors rated for Class 1 capacity, a Naiad Dynamics interceptor active ride control system for optimal passenger and crew comfort during transit, a fully redundant Technicold chilled water air conditioning and heating system, as well as a pair of Headhunter marine sanitation devices to help ensure the vessel remains environmentally friendly at all times. Specially designed gangways are also provided on each side of the vessel to provide safe boarding means to both crew and passengers.

The vessel is certified by the U.S. Coast Guard under Subchapters T (Small Passenger Vessels), L (Offshore Supply Vessels) and I (Industrial Vessels) and is classed by the American Bureau of Shipping as a high-speed craft with DP-2 and FireFighting Capability notations.

Libby L. McCall was constructed by Gulf Craft in Franklin, La., which is also building a fourth Express Plus-class unit.

By Professional Mariner Staff