'ISLAND PANTHER' The 2nd Windfarm support vessel built for Island Shipping by Safehaven Marine is now launched.
Safehaven Marine have now launched the second Wildcat 53 / 16m windfarm support vessel for Island Shipping 'Island Panther' a sister ship to the first vessel 'Island Tiger' supplied in 2010. The Wildcat 53 is high bow buoyancy bow design, symmetrical hull, twin chine catamaran of GRP composite construction, princible dimensions are 16m moulded (17.3m LOA) a 6.1m / 20ft beam and a 1.15m draft, the design offers excellent sea keeping abilities, being able to push through steep head seas without slamming occurring on the bridge deck by virtue of the fuller bow sections providing adequate buoyancy to lift over waves, this combined with the catamaran designs high levels of transverse stability results in a very stable, seaworthy craft. Island Panther incorporated a number of changes over the first vessel to enhance her functionality in her windfarm support role , most notable being the incorporation of a dedicated fuel and water transfer system with additional fuel capacity totalling 5,000 litres of fuel and 1,000 litres of water. The fuel transfer system features separate reels with 50m of hose stored in the fore peak, these pump fuel / water under 5 bar from high capacity 240v pumps, allowing the vessel to refuel generators / water tanks on the windfarm platforms up to 40-50m above water.
Island Panther is fitted with Scania D16 V8 650hp engines
running Ultra Dynamics 451 Waterjets with Joystick control and has a maximum
speed of 25kts with an operational speed of 22kts at a lightship displacment of
28,000kg, she has a very soft
and comfortable ride, with exceptionally low noise levels of only 67db being
recorded in the cabin at maximum speed.
area has been designed to accommodate a specially developed fender system from
Ocean 3. The fender design is of high density foam core 500m x 400mm to cushion
impacts and stresses in the bow. The fender is retained by straps in a grove
moulded into the bow, thereby capable of being quickly changed in the event of
damage and is interchangeable to feature either a flat bow or a fender with a
nipple incorporated. No stranger to building exceptionally strong GRP hulls, the
Wildcat 53 has the same heavy duty scantlings as their renowned pilot boats
which are often subject to severe impacts in rough weather, this produces a
vessel that can withstand tough use in the harsh windfarm support vessel
environment. GRP provides many benefits, being a homogeneous structure it is
very strong, it gives a high standard of external finish with the advantage of
zero maintenance, it is easily repaired and perfectly compliments Safehaven’s
graceful design, resulting in a very striking vessel.
superstructure is a raised bridge deck design with the helm and navigators
position elevated to provide excellent visibility. The cabin is centrally
positioned in an ‘island configuration’ with a clear 750mm walkway each side
and around the bow where there is a cargo lifting space. This provides a safe
passageway and spacious work and boarding area at the bow.
is spacious and designed to provide a comfortable and luxurious environment,
with a combination of aircraft style transit seating, and a dinette style
seating platform with a table providing a comfortable area during standby with a