Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Dubai: Topaz Energy and Marine through its subsidiary Nico Craft has launched a 30.2 metre crew boat named ‘Kanoo 40’ (pictured) for Kanoo Shipping. The 30.2 metre crew boat was designed by Technicraft, New Zealand and all the engineering and construction work was undertaken by Nico Craft in Fujairah. Nico Craft forms a part of Topaz Engineering, the newly formed engineering division of Topaz Energy and Marine.
Kanoo 40 is a medium speed catamaran vessel designed to service vessels within a distance of 50 nautical miles from port. The boat is constructed using welded seawater resistant aluminium alloy and the hull is a semi-planning type. The overall length is 30.2 metres on a moulded beam of 10 metres and a draught of 1.2 metres.
The crew boat has a deck cargo capacity of 35 square metres and can carry a crew of 5 and upto 35 passengers at a speed of 27 knots. The vessel has been built under the Bureau Veritas Certification.
Topaz Engineering has its ship building base in Fujairah (Nico Craft) and Abu Dhabi (Adyard). Nico Craft’s focus has been passenger ferries, fast patrol boats, crew boats, utility boats and various commercial craft up to 40 meters LOA. Its new state-of-the-art facility has 2 sheds of 120 meters each with all the required production machinery including a 200 tonne capacity Marine Travelift. Nico Craft currently has in excess of nine boats under construction, five of which are steel mono hull crew boats designed by Incat Crowther, Australia. [08/06/09]