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SHIPBUILDER Strategic Marine has announced a new design for a 42-metre Gen 4 fast crew boat that offers expanded operating capabilities, lower emissions and fuel efficiency.

The vessel comes with a highly efficient new hull form and Z-bow which improves seakeeping, requires less power for the same speed and deadweight, reducing fuel consumption and lower emissions.

Strategic Marine has a yard in Singapore and Vietnam and a presence in Australia and the United Kingdom.

The new hull form has been developed in collaboration with Southerly Designs with CFD analysis and optimisation by Seaspeed Marine Consulting. It has been put through comprehensive model testing at the Australian Maritime College to further verify and validate the performance predictions.

These extensive test results confirm that the hull resistance is reduced by over 8% compared to the Gen 3 hull form. Furthermore, the new vessel incorporates design enhancements based on feedback from operators, improving on the performance of Strategic Marine’s extremely successful Gen 3 design which was launched in2014.

The new Gen 4 FCB has a cargo carrying capacity of 190DWT, a clear deck area of 140 square metres, a cargo deck area of 120 square metres and a deck loading capacity of 2.5 tonnes per square metre. It has business class seating capacity for between 80 and 100 passengers with space for 12 crew in seven berths and one medical room/office.

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The wheelhouse has been increased in size for optimum comfort and visibility and the main passenger super structure area has been fitted with maximum size windows with improved positioning to provide excellent passenger visibility, reducing motion sickness.

An optional gyro stabilizer significantly reduces the vessels rolling motion, increasing safety and efficiency during personnel transfers, the gyro coupled with an optional motion compensated gangway gives the ultimate level of safety for personnel transfers to the offshore installation. The vessel can also be fitted with an autonomous control module for either local or remote autonomous operations.

Chan Eng Yew, CEO of Strategic Marine, said, “Strategic Marine has considerable experience in building boats for this market having been doing so since 2001, with more than 70 fast crew boats delivered.

“The latest Gen 4 design is Strategic Marine’s answer to the increasing operational demands of not only our clients, but the environment too.”

The vessel has already achieved approval in principle with Lloyds, BV and RINA, but can be classed with any other IACS classification society.

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