Jensen workboat chosen for NAVSEA project

A Jensen Maritime Consultants-designed workboat will be used to fulfil a construction project for the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).

To be built by an unnamed US Pacific northwest boat builder, Jensen will provide a functional and regulatory design package for its 12.4-metre vessel.

The US Navy will use the 9.9-tonne bollard-pull workboat around the world to primarily assist barges, submarines and other naval vessels. It will also open and close security barriers, and tow or push floating port operations support equipment.

To support these missions, Jensen included two Pullmaster hydraulic deck winches for use in multiple mooring configurations and heavy-duty fendering to offer protection when performing such work.

The push knees are also radiused toward the top for use when pushing against vessels with flare.

The workboat, which has a 5.15-metre beam, features a removable cabin and push knees that allow it to be transported by truck.

Powered by twin Cummins diesel engines that offer 335kW at 2,100rpm, the workboat also has a 226kg capacity lifting davit that can be mounted in three locations on the stern.

It has a 1,406kg total payload, including up to five crew, additional mission gear and cargo, and a six-person life raft.

Delivery is expected in the third quarter of 2018.

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