VESSEL REVIEW | Manor Vulcan – Versatile crewboat pair delivered to Manor Renewable Energy

Best OSV – Medium WFSV – Manor Victor & Manor Vulcan (Photo: Manor Renewable Energy)
Best OSV – Medium WFSV – Manor Victor & Manor Vulcan (Photo: Manor Renewable Energy)

Singapore shipbuilder Strategic Marine has delivered two new aluminium catamaran crewboats in a series to UK operator Manor Renewable Energy (MRE). Designed by UK naval architecture firm BMT in compliance to Bureau Veritas-class rules, Manor Vulcan and Manor Victor were developed to meet the increasing demands of the offshore wind industry for enhanced vessel capabilities with a reduced environmental footprint and hybrid drive options.

Each crewboat has an LOA of 27.1 metres, a moulded beam of 8.9 metres, a maximum draught of 1.72 metres, seating for up to 30 technicians, a crew of three, and foreward and aft cargo decks with a total area of 81.7 square metres. The two decks on each crewboat can transport payloads totalling 30 tonnes.

Each vessel can reach a maximum speed of 24 knots courtesy of two Caterpillar C32 engines that each produce 1,081 kW at 2,300 rpm driving fixed-pitch propellers. MRE said the crewboats' propulsion is configured to allow for hybrid operations in the future if requested by clients. A selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system is also fitted to ensure compliance with IMO Tier III standards.

Manor Victor <em>(Photo: Strategic Marine)</em>
Manor Victor (Photo: Strategic Marine)

Strategic Marine said the crewboats' hull design maximises waterline length, thereby improving operational efficiency across a wide range of loading conditions and reducing emissions and fuel consumption.

The bridge deck layout on each crewboat has been enhanced to provide improved visibility from the helm, while an ergonomic layout was incorporated to increase the comfort of the entire bridge crew. Using feedback from vessel operators and customers, Strategic Marine optimised the internal arrangements for improved comfort and workflow while ensuring ample storage space, comfortable sleeping areas, and business class seating.

The accommodation spaces on each crewboat include one single cabin and four double cabins. The interiors were furnished to comply with the Infectious Disease Control biosafe notation.

A dynamic positioning system ensures safe crew transfers under mild to moderate sea conditions while a Palfinger Marine knuckle boom crane aids in the loading and unloading of cargo.

Manor Vulcan & Manor Victor
Type of vessel:Crewboats
Classification:Bureau Veritas
Owner:Manor Renewable Energy, UK
Designer:BMT, UK
Builder:Strategic Marine, Singapore
Hull construction material:Aluminium
Superstructure construction material:Aluminium
Deck construction material:Aluminium
Length overall:27.1 metres
Beam:8.9 metres
Draught:1.72 metres
Deadweight tonnage:30
Main engines:2 x Caterpillar C32, each 1,081 kW at 2,300 rpm
Propulsion:2 x fixed-pitch propellers
Maximum speed:24 knots
Crane:Palfinger Marine
Other equipment installed:Selective catalytic reduction system
Accommodation:Single cabin; 4 x double cabins
Operational area:UK

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