Austal launches offshore crew transfer vessel
Austal Australia has launched Hull 392, a 70-meter offshore crew transfer vessel for Caspian Marine Services Limited (CMS) of Azerbaijan, at the company’s Henderson shipyard in Western Australia.
Following the contract award in June 2015, construction began in October 2015. In parallel with the forward hull module fabricated at Austal Philippines in Balamban, Cebu, the stern hull module and superstructure were constructed at Austal Australia. In March 2016 the forward hull was transported to Henderson where the superstructure and stern were connected.
In March 2016 the forward hull was transported to Henderson where the superstructure and stern were connected.
The 30 knot, 150 passenger catamaran features a 400sqm cargo deck and is configured to allow ‘walk to work’ crew transfers between vessel and offshore installations, via an Ampelmann platform.
At the vessel launch, Austal Chief Executive Officer David Singleton said: “The on-time launch of this impressive ship further demonstrates Austal’s proven, export – competitive shipbuilding capabilities into international markets and the successful integration of a global supply chain across our Philippines and Australian operations.”
Based on a design by Incat Crowther, the Austal Large Crew Transfer 70 – named Rashid Behbudov – is on schedule for delivery to CMS in the third quarter of 2016, following final fit-out and completion of sea trials.