VEEM Marine has partnered with Singapore-based shipbuilder Strategic Marine in the launch of their new Aluminium 42m Gen 4 Fast Crew Boat (FCB) developed in collaboration with Southerly Designs.
Under the agreement, VEEM Marine will supply its class leading VG140SD Gyrostabiliser for installation on the Gen 4 FCB which will significantly reduce the vessel’s rolling motion, by up to 80% increasing safety and efficiency during personnel transfer and cargo operations. The gyro when coupled with a motion compensated gangway enhances the level of safety for personnel transfers to an offshore installation and will maximise operability.
The delivery of the vessel, scheduled for the end of Q12023, is particularly relevant for the aging Southeast Asian crew boat fleet that is primed for renewal, in an industry that is continually looking for safer and more cost-effective solutions to personnel transfer vis-à-vis helicopters.
“We are proud to be working with a number of industry leaders that recognise the most efficient hull form is a monohull vessel, which can produce excellent operational results when combined with a VEEM Marine gyrostabiliser,” comments Mr Brett Silich, Global Commercial Manager.
“In particular, we look forward to working with Strategic Marine in a joint marketing effort and conducting demonstration trials. Together we will prove to the industry that with the use of gyrostabilisers there is no location where helicopters cannot be displaced for more cost effective and flexible vessel solutions.”
Mr Hans Randklev, Strategic’s General Manager, Commercial commented “This latest order further cements Strategic Marine’s ambition to be an innovative and leading builder of Fast Crew Boats & Crew Transfer Vessel for the global energy industry. Just as with other areas of this vessel design and optimisation, the installation of the VEEM Marine gyrostabiliser will enable our customers to achieve industry-leading operational uptime without having to compromise fuel efficiency, comfort or safety”