Strategic Marine Unveils New 40-Knot Fast Crew Transfer Vessel

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Nick Blenkey

Strategic Marine claims its fast crew transfer ship is a helicopter beater

Singapore-based shipbuilder Strategic Marine (S) Pte has released details of its latest offshore fast crew boat, a 38m Super Fast Catamaran Crew Transfer Catamaran (FCTV). The new ship was designed in collaboration with One2Three naval architects in Sydney, Australia, and incorporates direct customer feedback.

“Our offshore customers are increasingly asking for faster transfers but still want to reduce their costs.” says Greg Daniel, Technical Manager at Strategic Marine. “Often helicopters are used, but it is expensive and limited to a small number (only about 10 crew members at a time). The new strategic FCTV can provide rapid transit for 80 passengers and crew, to and from offshore facilities, traveling at 40 knots per hour, powered by four CAT C32 engines. This new vessel offers a much more cost effective and fast transfer alternative and is suitable for long distances. We are confident that it will exceed the expectations of our customers, wherever they are in the world.

The actual physical transfer of the crew to the offshore installation was also considered. The vessel can be fitted with a motion-compensated gangway providing safe “walk-from-work” transfer. Alternatively, the stern and bow of the ship are at different heights above the water, so if the crew needs to perform a swing rope transfer, they can choose the best option.

The ship was designed with a large open deck that spans a third of the ship’s length to give space for maneuvering. The area can also be fitted with a basket transfer crane which winches the crew up and down to the offshore installation if required.

The seating and accommodation area has been arranged to be amidships to reduce slamming and pitching movements, ensuring that those traveling on board are as comfortable as possible.

The FCTV has a resilient mounted superstructure that rests on a rubber base to isolate the passenger accommodations from noise. Although the engine is noisy, especially when traveling at high speeds and with big waves, the superstructure isolates the passenger space, greatly reducing vibrations, making it much quieter and calmer for passengers on board .

The FCTV is also equipped with water jets that are much quieter than propellers, efficient at high speeds, and particularly maneuverable, which is necessary near an offshore installation.

The new vessel has the option of a biosafety rating, and compared to helicopter transport, it has significantly lower fuel consumption, which saves fuel and reduces fuel consumption based on the cost per head compared to a helicopter.

Strategic will also apply a silicone anti-fouling coating to the FCTV. The company tested the coating designed for fast-moving vessels and found it to be exceptionally effective, preventing biofilm from adhering to the hull of the vessel without leaching the biocide into the water.


  • Total length 38.6 meters
  • Molded Beam 9.20 meters
  • Molded depth 3.53 meters
  • Hull basic design draft (approx.) 1.40 meters
  • GRT (approx.) 295


  • Maximum deadweight 55 tons
  • Clear Deck Area 80 square meters
  • Bridge loading capacity 2.0 tons per square meter
  • 80 offshore industrial staff
  • Cabins/Beds 5 / 10
  • Crew Mess 1


The vessel will be able to achieve the following performance in calm water (up to sea state 2):

  • Service speed 40 knots+ (TBC) @ 90% MCR – based on 25 DWT
  • Full speed 41.3 knots+ (TBC) @ 100% MCR – based on 25 DWT

The vessel’s design provides for multiple propulsion and hybrid options.
The standard power package consists of CAT C32 engines producing 1,081 kW (1,450 hp) at 2,300 rpm, but Strategic Marine is also able to support the installation of a range of other systems . A recent agreement with authorized Caterpillar dealer PT Trakindo Utama Singapore Branch for 50 units secures engine supply to customers amid current global supply chain issues.

“The speed, efficiency and versatility of our new 38m FCTV design will provide customers with a product to meet all of our customers’ needs in a cost effective and safe manner,” said Hans Randklev, Commercial General Manager of Strategic Marine Group.

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