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Dakota Creek Industries in Anacortes, Washington, USA.
Designed by Guido Perla and Associates, the ‘Ar mstro ng’ and
sister ‘Sally Ride’ will serve the oceanographic departments at
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Scripps Institution
of Oceanography, respectively, as well as the US Navy.
The ‘Armstrong’ and ‘Ride’ are fully outfitted with the latest
in ocean research technology and feature global capability. The
72.5 -metre long vessels have a 40-day, 11,500 nautical mile
endurance at 12 knots, with accommodation for 24 scientists
and 20 cre w.
The ‘Neil Armstrong’ passes trials
NAVAL ARCHITECTURE AND MARINE DESIGN
The UK’s Camarc Design has been busy developing a new
range of crewboat designs designed to offer a number of
improvements to operators. The designs feature a specifically
developed hull form to improve efficiency and comfort over
The design, which has evolved from Camarc’s double chine
hull form was optimised and tank tested in the UK. This resulted
in a refined shape, reducing vertical accelerations leading on
directly to impro ved fuel economy and comfort.
The notable vertical stem, which is above water only, allows
both the waterline length to be maximised for efficiency and for a
fine deep-vee entry to be incorporated for reduced accelerations.
The ne w Camarc crewboat range includes core designs from 24
m etres through to 45 metres with speeds to 30+ knots, options o n
propulsion and construction in either aluminium or steel.
Spacious clear cargo decks and generous crew, fuel and water
capacities have also been incorporated. The first two aluminium
45-metre vessels from the new Camarc crewboat range are
currently building at one of their partner yards, Triangle Shipyard
in Dubai, and are due for delivery towards the end of 2015.
All new Camarc crewboat range
Australia’s AMD Marine Consulting has designed a 65-metre
version of its wa ve piercing patrol boat, a n earlier 52-metre
version of which was featured in Work Boat World’s Top 20
Vessels of 2009. T wo of these 52-metre vessels are currently
serving the Royal Oma n Police Coast Guard.
As well as being suitable for patrol duties, the vessels are
capable emergency response boats with serious firefighting
capabilities, a small hospital, helideck, a passenger cabin
containing seats for 100 passengers , and floor space for 100 more.
The vessel is fitted with liferafts for 200 people, and deck
cranes for launching the two 40-knot RIBs and for lifting
survivors. A rescue platform at the stern, very close to the
w aterline, facilitates boarding RIBs and picking up survivo rs.
AMD believes the design, with its larger deck area, more
stability and better seakeeping than traditional patrol boats, is
ideally suited to marine emergency response duties, especially
where high numbers of survivors are involved. AMD claims it
would be possible to fit 500 people on board in emergency
situations. Draught is just 2.1 metres, and the operating speed is
over 45 knots.
In 2001, the Chinese Bureau of Rescue and Salvage carried out
an extensive propulsion and seakeeping evaluation of all
available hull forms for use on their new coastal rescue vessel.
The outcome of this evaluation was the selection of the AMD
w ave piercing catamaran as their fast response rescue vessel. The
first three were delivered in 2005. Following in-service
evaluation, further vessels were ordered and vessels eight to 12
are cur rently under co nstruction.
AMD also believes that the versatility of the design is ideally
suited to the general purpose nature of patrol boat operations in
island countries, where the vessel’s utility and emergency
r esponse capabilities complement its offensive capability.
AMD launches 65-metre emergency response vessel
The ‘Neil Armstrong’ has passed acceptance trials
One of Carmac’s new crewboat designs
Carmac tank testing at 30+ knots
AMD’s 65-metre patrol boat
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