UK-based Mustang Marine (Wales) has secured a contract from Britain’s high mobility vehicle manufacturer Supacat to develop the Supacat Multipurpose Vessel 24 (SMV 24), a new offshore support vessel.

As part of the contract, Mustang Marine will build the first boat at its Pembroke Dock facility, which is expected to launch the vessel in August 2013.

Supacat has worked with key partners who have experience in the offshore marine sector to develop the SMV 24 concept.

The company had commissioned naval architects, Incat Crowther, to transform the concept into a detailed design and collaborated with DNV for advice on classification.

Before designing the vessel, Supacat studied the range of support tasks and operations required for wind farms and other offshore facilities across the world.

SMV 24 has been designed as a single ‘multipurpose workboat’, which can reduce the number of different vessel types currently required.

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"Supacat studied the range of support tasks and operations required for wind farms and other offshore facilities across the world."

The vessel is claimed to be a high specification vessel featuring an advanced deck system, which is a key to its multirole performance.

Supacat managing director Nick Ames said the SMV 24 is a flexible, high performance and cost-effective solution, which has been designed as ‘one vessel to replace many’ and will transform the support operations in the offshore and wider maritime engineering sectors.

"The SMV 24 project represents a further expansion into adjacent sectors for Supacat, which has diversified from its core military vehicle market into the oil and gas, renewable energy and marine sectors," Ames added.

Mustang Marine (Wales) commercial director Ian Strugnell said: "The multipurpose vessel aimed at the wind-farm support market offers great flexibility and certainly broadens its target audience."

Image: Supacat Multipurpose Vessel 24. Photo courtesy of Supacat.