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NEW WELSH PATROL CRAFT LAUNCHED

Thursday, February 28, 2019 

Incat Crowther has announced the launch of a 19m Catamaran Fisheries Patrol Vessel designed and built to a demanding specification.

Built by Mainstay Marine for the Welsh Government, Lady Megan is a robust and versatile vessel that packs immense functionality into its modest platform and is designed to operate year round in the harsh conditions of the Irish Sea.

The aft working deck of Lady Megan is the epicentre of this functionality, featuring a hydraulically operated tender launch and recovery system, capable of launching and retrieving a 5m RIB whilst the vessel is in motion in Sea State 3. The main deck also houses a pot hauler, deck stores, capstans and a deck crane for unloading large items such as quad bikes.

Lady Megan sleeps 8, with permanent berths for 6 and convertible berths for 2. Each hull has toilet and shower rooms adjacent to twin cabins, whilst the captain’s cabin is located on the main deck. The main cabin also features 3 individual forward-facing seats, a fully-kitted galley, settee, shower room and wet room/workshop.

The upper deck wheelhouse features excellent 360 degree visibility.

Lady Megan has many features to combat the harsh conditions. The vessel’s centre bow and active interceptors combine to improve seakeeping, whilst manoeuvrability and station-keeping are assisted by a pair of Hercules HHBT45 bow thrusters. The skeg is configured to protect the propeller from debris, while allowing the vessel to be beached. One of the generators is also air-cooled to enable systems to be powered in such a condition.

Lady Megan is powered by a pair of Caterpillar C18 main engines, each producing 651kW at 2200 rpm. In recent sea trials, she achieved a maximum speed of 27 knots and comfortably achieves a loaded service speed of 20 knots. The vessel is classed to BV rules.

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