Damen Shipyards Group has recently signed a contract with HST Marine for the delivery of a Multi Cat 2309. The company, which was the launching customer for Damen’s Fast Crew Supplier 2710, is the first to order the brand-new, mid-range Multi Cat design bringing new capabilities to the market. HST will use the vessel to extend their business operations beyond crew transfer and into workboat activities. The Multi Cat 2309 will perform a wide range of tasks for HST, globally. These will include coastal towing, buoy maintenance, the support of floating wind projects, surveying operations and marine equipment tests.
HST has tailored the standard Multi Cat 2309 design to its own requirements. This has included the use of Volvo Penta engines for added efficiency and emissions reduction, as well as easy future conversion for IMO Tier III compliance. Additionally, the company has upgraded the vessel’s bow thruster capabilities to optimise manoeuvrability.
Other adjustments include enhanced crew comforts such as en-suite cabins with satellite television and high-speed internet connectivity with fleet system and VSAT.
The company has also requested a 5 tonne pull winch with 40 metre line and a heavy-duty crane with a lifting capacity of 25.1 tonne at 5.79 metres outreach and 8.1 tonne at 14.09 metres outreach. On the aft deck, HST incorporated a tugger winch with 12 tonne pull, capable of fitting 100 metres of steel wire.