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Solar Powered Patrol Vessel Launches Next Year to Protect The Great Barrier Reef
Incat Crowther and Marine Engineering Consultants (MEC) recently announced plans to construct a 24 meter long-range Catamaran Patrol Vessel that will be used to protect the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. The vessel boasts an efficient hull design, extensive solar panels, high R-value insulation, zoned air conditioning and window blinds and shutters to reduce the impact of the Queensland sun.
MEC and Incat Crowther previously partnered to produce the Riverside Avalon, the Riverside Catalina, the Riverside Mandalay, and the Amaroo. The vessel’s extensive solar array will reduce the use of diesel generators while in operation and whilst anchored at night. It will charge a set of lithium-ion batteries which will supply power for house loads – including air conditioning. In the event of increased demand, the generators will automatically start.
The vessel will also be equipped with dive tank racks, space for computer work stations, and a 6 meter rigid inflatable boat that can be launched and retrieved at speeds of up to 6 knots. In a statement, Incat Crowther and Marine Engineering Consultants said they were pleased “to be the team selected for this project. By offering strong commercial and engineering packages, combined with attentive, client-based service, the result is a balanced, cost-effective vessel.”
The vessel is due to be launched in early 2014.
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