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This June, Cheoy Lee Shipyards handed
over two 26-metre high speed
Designed by Australia's Incat Crowther,
Cheoy Lee has previously built these
vessels for domestic routes within Hong
Kong, but these were the first of such
vessels built for an overseas client.
These latest two vessels made their own
way from the shipyard in southern China
to their owner Penguin Boat International,
Built to Bureau Veritas "+I +HULL
+MACH, HSC CAT A" classification, the
vessels' damage stability requirements are
particularly tough, and the Penguin
vessels are fitted with double bottoms and
buoyancy tanks over much of their length
in order to comply. Each vessel is
subdivided into no fewer than 16
watertight compartments, and is able to
withstand a breech of the hull extending
over half of its length, yet still remain
afloat, and not heel more than ten degrees
as a result.
Each vessel is powered by a pair of
Cummins KTA38-M2 diesel engines each
with a rated output power of 1,005kW at
1,900rpm, coupled to ZF4540, 2.03:1
reverse reduction gearboxes.
The vessels run at 27 knots, with a full
complement of 200 passengers, six crew
and 6,000 litres of fuel. Propulsion is via
conventional propeller shafts, turning
fixed pitch Nibral class "S" propellers.
Passengers are seated on two decks,
with 48 on the upper deck, and 152 on
the main deck, including facilities for
disabled passengers. Passengers are seated
in Beurteaux Ocean Traveller seats, and
there is also a kiosk serving refreshments
on the main deck. Boarding is via double
doors recessed into the port and
starboard cabin sides, amidships, from
where luggage racks and the internal
stairway accessing the upper deck are
The wheelhouse is elevated, with three
individual Bostrom 301 helm seats.
Exterior wing stations are outboard on
both sides of the wheelhouse to aid
Auxiliary power is provided by two
Perkins 4.4 TWGM generators, coupled to
Stamford UCM224F alternators, each
producing 46kW of three-phase, 415v,
50hz AC power. Each generating set is
able to support all onboard power loads,
including the Cruisair marine
air-conditioning system. The two
machinery rooms are protected by a
manually released, high-pressure carbon
dioxide fire extinguishing system.
Cheoy Lee delivers two 26-metre aluminium catamarans
The Incat Crowther-designed 'Penguin 32'
Topaz Energy and Marine's subsidiary
BUE Kazakhstan recently secured a
US$100 million contract with Agip KCO
Under the contract, Topaz will custom
build, own and operate six specialised
barges over a ten-year period to support
Agip's development programme in the
Kashagan field in the Northern Caspian.
The six ice-class barges will be deployed
in 2010 and are three cutting, one
liquid-mud and two flat-top barges. Each
is specialised to handle icy conditions and
the units are all low-draught when fully
loaded. These features are essential to
operate in the shallow waters and harsh
weather conditions of the Kashagan field.
The Kashagan oilfield is one of the
largest hydrocarbon discoveries in the last
four decades with estimated recoverable
reserves of more than ten billion barrels.
The field is expected to eventually double
Kazakhstan's output to approximately
three million barrels per day.
Topaz secures US$100
million Agip contract
Six ice-class barges of varying types will be built
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