Highly capable landing craft to support polar research ship
Incat Crowther has launched the Incat Crowther 14 Terror. This compact monohull landing craft, built by Exeter Fabrication (https://www.exeterfabrication.co.uk/), will be one of two support craft on the polar research ship RRS Sir David Attenborough.
Terror will play a critical role in the operations of RRS Sir David Attenborough, transferring food, vehicles, fuel and science equipment to any location where the water is too shallow for the new polar ship to approach.
The challenge to Incat Crowther was combining the required capability and performance into a package that fitted the mother ship’s available deck space and launching capacity.
Terror weighs in at under 22 tonnes, with the working deck accommodating one 20ft container or two 10ft containers with twist-lock fittings and additional lashing points. A folding bow ramp and removable vehicle ramps combine with the shallow forefoot for bow loading, with the vessel being designed to load and accommodate a telehandler. The Heila HLM10-2S deck crane is capable of lifting loads of two tonne to the cargo deck. A kedge anchor and deck winch further enhance the functionality of the vessel.
The vessel has an elevated wheelhouse affords excellent visibility and accommodates three crew in addition to the captain. It’s powered by twin Doosan L086TIH main engines driving fixed-pitch propellers, achieving a service speed of 9 knots.