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Alnmaritec boats in oil spill response


Alnmaritec Limited, a UK specialist boat builder, is rapidly gaining recognition in the market for oil spill response/pollution control vessels with two new boats delivered this year. The most recent delivery was a boom deployment and spill response boat to the Barbados National Terminal Company Ltd.

The new vessel ‘Responder 1' is based upon the successful Wave Worker class from Alnmaritec and is a 12m long x 5.3m wide displacement catamaran design providing a very stable and seaworthy platform. She is powered by twin 150 bhp Cummins diesel engines driving conventional fixed pitch propellers which give her a top speed of 12 knots. She is equipped with an air-conditioned wheelhouse, small WC, a 5 tonne hydraulic deck crane, freshwater wash facilities and of course a range of oil spill equipment. This includes diesel-powered dispersant spray pumps and extendable spray arms, as well as a hydraulically powered boom reel with 1400 ft of oil containment boom which can be deployed and recovered over a stern roller system, making her an extremely versatile vessel.

This delivery comes hard on the heels of completion of a high-speed pollution response boat earlier in the year which is operated by PetroChina on a refinery at Dalian in Eastern China.

The Shi Hua Gang Yi Hao is a 14m x 5m aluminium asymmetric catamaran, one of the popular Wave Provider class fitted with twin Volvo D9 425 bhp engines and Hamilton 322 water jets giving her a top speed of over 21 knots with exceptional manoeuvrability. She carries three crew and eight passengers in comfort within the wheelhouse. Externally, there is a large working deck serviced by a 6.5 tonne hydraulic crane and she is fitted with a roll-over stern and removable tow post for boom handling operations. She carries a range of oil spill recovery equipment including dispersant spray arms, hydraulically powered oil recovery skimmer and pump, steam cleaning equipment and oil storage bladder.

Commenting on the boats, Alnmaritec Managing Director Chris Millman said 'This has been a very fast growing market sector for us and in addition to these recent deliveries we have two more oil spill response vessels at present under construction in one of our yards and a number of others under negotiation. We are absolutely delighted to have Alnmaritec boats operating in such diverse locations as Barbados and China and especially for such prestigious clients. We hope that these boats will serve our customers well and that this success will provide a further springboard for us into this market sector and into these regions.'

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