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Tuesday, June 18, 2019 

Incat Crowther has announced the delivery of ‘Hodor’, the first of the company's Shadow Cat mega-yacht support vessel range.

The 66.2m long and 14m wide aluminium catamaran hull offers extensive deck and storage space, flexibility, stability, efficiency and capability, with a stable platform for the safe transfer of guests from helicopter to the mothership, via tenders.

Design and naval architecture was by Incat Crowther, project management and technical consultation by Robert Smith of YCTS and construction by Astilleros Armón at the Burela shipyard in Spain.

The design is based on hulls proven in offshore service, such as the SEACOR CREWzer class and Incat Crowther 70m Fast Crew Boat (FCB) class. It incorporates a reverse bow, a deadweight capacity of 240t and a low propeller draught of 3.1m. It can accommodate a range of equipment including five tenders (the largest being 17m), jet skis, quad bikes, a submarine garage, as well as a helipad, a large complement of crew, staff and support equipment.

Propulsion is provided by two MTU main engines rated at 2280kW each, driving CP propellers, giving a max speed of 22.5 knots, or long-range cruising at 14 knots up to 5500nm. Fitted with an exhaust cleaning SCR system for IMO Tier 3 and EPA Tier 4 compliance, greenhouse gas emissions are significantly reduced. The catamaran platform allows fuel savings of around 40%, affording the full vessel range with only 160,000 litres of diesel fuel.

A complement of 20 crew and staff are accommodated in a mix of double and twin ILO-compliant staterooms, each with en-suite bathrooms. The inherent stability of the catamaran does not require gyro or roll stabilizers whilst at rest. When underway, the vessel pitching motions are reduced by twin Humphree active interceptors on the stern. A twin anchoring system is provided, which, combined with the widely spaced twin hulls, provides reduced motions whilst at anchor.

Incat Crowther, together with YCTS Ltd, is offering a new range of Shadow Cats that are set to bring a new level of capability to yacht owners and operators, with unparalleled support vessel capacity, stability and flexibility. The design is fully customisable to suit each owner’s requirements, including further features, such as a helicopter hangar.

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