24m catamaran scientific research vessel for the Lithuanian Ministry of Environment


The vessel will be first catamaran ever built in Baltic Workboats. The new building will be operated by Lithuania’s Ministry of Environment in the near-shore areas of the Baltic Sea. Vessel is designed by Incat Crowther, Australia. 
The aft deck features lower platform access, hydraulic A-Frame, 5.7 tonne Guerra deck crane and moon pool. The main deck cabin will feature two work spaces, while on the port-side there will be a hydrological laboratory, three workstations and a bathroom. To starboard will be a chemical-biological laboratory with sinks, four workstations and an 8m2 storage room. At the forward end of the cabin is a crew mess and galley, as well as laundry facilities. The upper deck wheelhouse will have all round visibility with direct access to the foredeck.
To address the vessel’s diverse operation, oversized wire-way paths have been provided which allows for easy installation and reconfiguration of seismic survey and data acquisition equipment. The vessel will be able to accommodate 11 crew members in five twin cabins and a single cabin for the captain.
The vessel will be powered by a pair of Volvo Penta D9I main engines, each producing 425kW at 2,200 rpm and driving a five-bladed FP propeller through a pair of ZF 325-1 reversing reduction gears to give a service speed of 12 knots, with a top speed of 14 knots.
At a cruising speed of 10 knots, the vessel will have an operational range of over 1,000nm.
Delivery of vessel is planned into the end of year 2011.