The Dutch company Sima Charters successfully delivered a multipurpose 66ft tender, christened SC Amethyst. The tender features design and naval architecture by Vripack and is engineered for countless activities in the offshore sector.
The SC Amethyst is a heavy duty pilot/service boat, designed for multiple purposes such as crew transport and supplies to and from ships in anchor zones or offshore wind farms. She is employable as a general crew boat, wind farm service vessel (WFSV), guard vessel, pilot boat, patrol vessel, survey vessel, rescue tender, in other words; the possibilities are limitless.
The Sima yellow eye-catcher is provided with a full out Lloyd’s Register classified workboat construction with professional systems which make this ship suitable for safe operations in tough circumstances. Especially because she is extremely comfortable going to sea, as a result of which she can still function when many other similar sized ships have to pull out.
This high comfort level is due to an innovative lines plan and the application of a Sea-Keeper stabilisation system which guarantees a comfortable ship motion at lower speed and in stationary modus. Besides that the twin Volvo Penta IPS propulsion units make this full aluminum lady by far the most fuel efficient, compared to all the competing vessels that are allowed in the same working area, burning only 200 liters of fuel at 21 knots.
Peter Bouma, naval architect at Vripack explains; “The Amethyst has really exceeded our detailed CFD analyses and efficiency calculations. We are very proud of how she performs. Her ship motion levels are remarkably low and because of the high efficiency she is very fuel efficient and thus cost efficient to run. Based on the facts this bruiser is considered the crème de la crème of workboats today. It simply doesn’t get any better than this”.
The exterior of the SC Amethyst fits very well with her unique sailing characteristics. The superstructure has a widened hip that gives her a muscular, sturdy and aggressive appearance. The SC Amethyst has a very practical size and economical layout; she can be considered a newborn vintage tender that has been designed like a smooth custom made gentleman’s suit, but with many integrated gadgets.
Safety is one of Sima Charters’ major priorities and therefore all their vessels are equipped with highly innovative safety precautions, according to Ruud Lievaart, CEO of Sima Charters BV. “The SC Amethyst is equipped with an advanced shock absorbing bow fender designed to guarantee a constant and safe connection to all wind turbines or boat-landings on other structures. The railings are easily removable which allows ship to ship transfers via the side.”
Ruud continued “The recessed fenders alongside the tender protect the other vessel and her ladder when mooring at sea, while the walk-around-lifeline prevents passengers from falling over board”
The CEO of Sima Charters further commented by pointing out the wrap around bulwark on the aft deck, which prevents water from running over the deck into the cargo and provides extra safety to passengers. Furthermore, the bulwark features a toilet and a covered aft facing steering position for complicated docking maneuvers. The aft deck can carry up to 8 tons of cargo while the integrated hooks can easily secure it. The foredeck can carry up to 2,5 tons of cargo, plus the watertight storage compartments are within reach for passengers luggage or for equipment needed on a wind farm. Additionally the vessel is cleverly equipped with a very sophisticated man over board (MOB) system including a third steering position for extra security reasons.
The whole passenger’s accommodation is open plan and can be repositioned effortlessly. The Navigation equipment is top of the bill with two radars, SAR finder, computer plotters, AIS, NAVTEX and much more.
On the spacious lower deck the SC Amethyst is arranged like a luxury hotel with four bunks, air-conditioning and two shower facilities both include a toilet. The central area offers a comfortable sitting area with TV facilities.