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'Strait Shooter' is Richardson Devine
Marine's (RDM) third utility catamaran
delivered in the past two years.
According to RDM, with each new vessel
there come subtle improvements and
owner-driven changes. The distinctive
upright bows which proved highly
successful for 'Limitless' (Ausmarine,
May 2010, 28) have been maintained.
They effectively give a fine entry,
minimising drag whilst still utilising high
carrying-capacity hull forms.
'Strait Shooter' is a high-speed
catamaran work boat capable of carrying 60
tonnes of deadweight with a service speed
of 25 knots. The main deck with a carrying
capacity of 25 tonnes is arranged for
multiple uses and includes a moon pool for
exploration services and the ability to carry
two six-metre (20-foot) containers.
The deck is serviced by a Heila deck
crane capable of lifting 6.5 tonnes, a luffing
five-tonne SWL A-frame, a towing hook
with a 15-tonne SWL bollard pull and a
two-tonne SWL capstan. The main
accommodation is located midships to
forward with berths for a crew of 14.
Operating in Australia's tropical north
called for more sun protection for the
exposed decks. This has been accomplished
by extending the mid deck, without
compromising the ability to carry two
standard shipping containers on the aft
deck. The extended deck allows the
operator to carry an impressive 6.2-metre
RIB tender with port and starboard
aft-facing control stations for vessel
manoeuvring and crane operations. The
wheelhouse roof line was also extended aft
to afford some shelter to the mid deck from
Stepping into the superstructure there is
a laundry room with adjacent, separate
shower and toilet to port, whilst to
starboard is the crew lounge area with
wall-mounted, flat-screen TV and
entertainment system. There is also a
separate monitor interfaced to the ship's
CCTV system and engine monitoring to
allow even the off watch crew to keep an
eye on vessel systems. All work and bench
surfaces in the main cabin are finished in
Corian. The finish of the interior fit-out is
superb. More akin to a private luxury yacht
than a commercial work vessel.
Moving forward to port, the galley will
suit the most discerning onboard chef with
a commercial oven, microwave, zip hot
water system and masses of bench and
cupboard space. There is a large two door
refrigerator in the galley for day to day use
-- an under bench commercial fridge with
dual side access for beverages and in the
port hull there is another upright fridge
and two high capacity freezers.
Convenient to the galley is the crew
mess with starboard Captain's and port
Engineer's cabins forward.
Junior crew cabins are located in both
the port and starboard hull with a large
pantry located aft in the port hull.
The wheelhouse is located on the
upper deck and features all-round
visibility from the helm and engineer's
seats. Crew and passenger seating is
provided around the perimeter of the
cabin. There are wing control stations,
fitted forward on either side.
The latest electronic navigation aids, sea
bed mapping sonar, a full GMDSS-compliant
ship radio station, along with Inmarsat Fleet
broadband and Iridium Openport satellite
communication systems are fitted. There are
inbuilt wire ways between the wheelhouse
workstations and the working deck and
moon pool to keep cables safely unobtrusive.
Powered by twin Caterpillar C32 ACERT
engines, each producing 1,081kW, and a
fuel capacity of 30,000 litres, 'Strait
Shooter' will have a range of approximately
1,800nm at 22 knots.
'Strait Shooter' is in USL/NSCV 2009 2A
1B survey to 600nm from the Australian
coast. She is a true utility work boat
designed to perform a diverse range of
offshore duties with ease.
RDM currently has a 26-metre passenger
ferry (hull 053) and a 38-metre passenger
ferry (hull 054) on order.
For further information contact:
Richardson Devine Marine, Tasmania.
PH: (03) 6272 7800, FX: (03) 6272 6577,
Richardson Devine Marine delivers
another true utility catamaran
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