Construction underway of the Aussie Marine Company Hybrid Research Vessel

AUSTRALIAN marine design firm Incat Crowther has announced the start of construction of a hybrid research vessel that will operate in the US Pacific Northwest.

The 15-meter catamaran is under construction at Snow & Company in Seattle, Washington. It will be operated by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

The low-emission vessel is designed to deliver practical results on PNNL’s science mission requirements and align with its vision of a cleaner, safer future.

In a statement, Incat Crowther said it developed a bespoke design that offers “exceptional capacity” for its size.

“The vessel’s 28 square meter main deck is fitted with an A-frame, jib crane and moveable davit in addition to access to a collapsible swim platform, extracting maximum functionality space,” said Incat Crowther.

“A set of stairs provides direct access from the main deck to the upper deck and flybridge, providing excellent all-around visibility.

“The vessel can support the research of six scientists in a bespoke layout containing multiple research workstations and convertible sleeping accommodations, providing PNNL with a platform capable of effectively conducting their research.

Incat Crowther said the vessel will be powered by an advanced parallel hybrid-electric propulsion system.

He said the energy would be stored using a state-of-the-art Spear Trident battery system, allowing the ship to operate silently in a zero-emission electric state while engaged in different operational modes of operation. ‘investigation.

“With this vessel, PNNL joins a growing list of operators taking advantage of Incat Crowther’s history of innovation in hybrid and low-emission technologies,” the company said.

“Our partnership with Snow and PNNL enhances the research capacity of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.”

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