Veecraft Marine delivered Inkanyamba, 20m monohull workboat, to Armaments Corporation of South Africa (ARMSCOR) on Tuesday.
The boat was handed over to ARMSCOR on behalf of the South African National Defense Force (SANDF), whose Special Forces will utilise the vessel for the transportation of personnel and equipment and also for support training activities.
Designed by Australian company Incat Crowther, the boat has a deadweight load of 20 tonnes and the capacity to accommodate a 6 metre Intermodal (ISO) container, while fitted with a 5 ton marine crane. The vessel can reach a cruise speed of 14 knots, powered by twin 588kw MAN D2862 LE431 marine engines, rated at 588 kw (at 1800 rpm), and driven by two Teignbridge fixed pitch propellers.
Up to four crew-members and sixteen passengers can be accommodated in the Inkanyamba workboat. Its wheelhouse is designed to allow for 360-degree visibility for crew-members, including offering an unobstructed view of the cargo deck. The workboat’s deckhouse is further fitted with galley and mess areas, along with ten berths, two bathrooms and a deck locker accessible from the cargo deck.
Other features include the workboat’s exceptionally durable fendering system, heavy towing bollards on either end of the vessel, a foldable dive platform equipped behind the transom, and stairs additionally integrated into the main deck, so as to provide safe logistical access for personnel and passengers.