When there is a better idea in crew boat design, it is most likely to be Louisiana-based SEACOR that pioneers it. That has been the case with catamaran boats, with SEACOR taking delivery of their first dual-hulled fast-supply boat, the Seacor Cheetah in 2008 and again when they had the Seacor Lynx and Leopard built in 2013. Each of these CrewZer Class boats carried more cargo with more horsepower than their single-hulled predecessors.
In 2017 SEACOR has moved innovation up another important notch with the delivery of the second of their latest CrewZer Class-DP2 high-speed catamarans the Seacor Puma and Seacor Panther. With four 4000-HP engines the Puma will have significantly more horsepower than her predecessors. This horsepower will be delivered by four of Cummins Marine’s newest marine engine. The QSK95 marine engines are each rated at 4000 hp (2983 kW) at 1700 rpm. Each 95-liter engine is matched to a MGX-62500SC-H marine transmissions supplied by Twin Disc, Inc.® and quad HT-810 water jets from Hamilton Jet,® to achieve a maximum speed of 40 knots. The two forward engines will run Jason® FiFi 1 class pumps off the front of the engine.
The design of these two new 188 by 41-foot (57,25X12.5-meter) vessels is very similar to the to the last two catamarans to join the SEACOR fleet. However, the Cummins QSK95 engines represent an increase in power. “These engines afford us with additional horsepower over the previous catamarans propulsion machinery,” said SEACOR’s Joe McCall. He went on to explain that; “The mission of these vessels will be the same as the previous catamarans, to deliver time sensitive cargos and passengers at grater speeds than a typical crew-boat. Additionally, the sea-keeping qualities afforded by the twin hulls, ensures that the passengers will have a very fast and comfortable ride.”
Cummins is also providing auxiliary power; each vessel will have two QSM11-powered generator sets rated at 290 kWe, as well as a fully enclosed QSM11-powered deck generator rated at 270 kWe.
The twin hulls also allow for a huge 3,084 square foot (286.5 sq. meters) clear cargo deck capable of handling 200 tons of freight. Tankage is provided in the hulls for 25,437 US gallons (96.3 cu.meters) of fuel oil and 6,870 US gallons (26 cu.m.) of potable water. Crew accommodation includes 16 berths in eight cabins as well as a galley and mess area with seating for 15 people.
Built at Astilleros Armon in northern Spain, the two new boats will add to an already significant list of innovative vessels delivered from the company’s three shipyards. The Seacor Puma and Seacor Panther were built in an enclosed facility at the company’s Burela location. http://www.astillerosarmon.com/about-us/item/1826-seacor-puma-preview.html
The enhanced seating that is fitted in the passenger salon allows up to 138 passengers to rest in first class comfort or they can choose from the various amenities available to them, such as satellite TV, Wi-Fi or snacks from the refreshment area. The vessel is fitted with a hospital, so the vessel can also fulfill the role of medical evacuation platform if the need should arise.
McCall added that, “Another quality that is important to our customers is the reliability of the vessel. These vessels have multiple independent and redundant systems.”
Named Seacor Puma and Secor Panther, the both of the CrewZer Class crewboats have now completed sea trials in Burela, Spain. The first entered service in April, and the second, the Secor Panther, followed in July 2017.
Photos courtesy of SEACOR
For further information:
Mr. Joe McCall
SEACOR Holdings Inc.
2200 Eller Drive
For Lauderdale, FL 33316
Phone +1 954 627 5278
ASTILLEROS ARMON, S.A. (Headquarters)
Avenida del Pardo, s/n
33710 Navia – Asturias – Spain
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ASTILLEROS ARMON BURELA, S.A
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27880 Burela – Lugo
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