INCAT Crowther and shipbuilder Penguin International have been commissioned to design and construct a fast supply vessel for O3S – Oil Senegal Support Services, a Senegalese operator servicing the country’s offshore energy sector.

The 36-metre vessel will be capable of transporting 28 service personnel and 20 tonnes of cargo at speeds of up to 33.5 knots.

The vessel design includes “a unique blend of features” from the offshore wind and offshore oil and gas sectors.

The underlying catamaran hull form is derived from Penguin’s proven WindFlex-32 Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV), which was co-developed with Incat Crowther.

The large 62-square-metre foredeck has a dedicated, enclosed cargo area and a FROG crew transfer crane that enables the safe transfer of personnel from the vessel to offshore infrastructure.

The vessel has also been fitted with an ultra-high performance bow fender to optimise safety when transferring personnel to the platform in open ocean conditions.

The new vessel will also be fitted with the latest emissions reduction technology to ensure it is IMO Tier III compliant.

Incat Crowther technical manager Sam Mackay said the company is excited to be working with its partners at Penguin International on this project.

“Incat Crowther and Penguin International have a track record of delivering for offshore energy operators seeking bespoke, operationally efficient state-of-the-art vessels,” he said.

“This project will add to the growing number of work boats and CTVs servicing the global offshore energy sector that have been designed and delivered by Incat Crowther and Penguin International.”

Construction on the new FSV is expected to start later this year, with delivery of the new vessel expected to take place in 2025.