7 April 2010: Leading marine services provider, Inchcape Shipping Services, marked the launching of its new crew & workboat, INCHCAPE 23, with a naming ceremony on the Exeter Ship Canal recently.
Cheryl Hyldager, wife of CEO Capt Claus Hyldager, named the latest member of the ISS launch fleet thanking the team at Lyme Boats in Exeter who built the vessel, those from ISS Dubai who supervised the build, and the company’s customers, “whose need for the services she will provide in ferrying crew and equipment quickly and safely around the Gulf, have made her a welcome necessity.”
Capt Hyldager commented: "We are delighted with INCHCAPE 23, built here in the UK for our Gulf operations. She incorporates various new features we specified to serve a broad range of customer requirements. The fact we, as a UK-based company, ordered her from a UK yard illustrates our commitment to working with an experienced boat builder capable of meeting our exacting standards."
The 16 strong ISS launch fleet operates throughout the Arabian Gulf region ferrying equipment and spares as well as crewmembers, superintendents, ISS Agency staff and other personnel to and from ships, rigs and offshore installations.
“The Inchcape 23 will be a welcome addition to the Middle East fleet,” said Chris Stone, Executive Vice President - Middle East & India. “We plan to put her to good use supporting our marine services activities in the Gulf region and look forward to welcoming her to warmer climates and calmer seas”.
INCHCAPE 23 was built by Lyme Boats of Exeter and is classed with Lloyd’s Register +100 A1 SSC: Workboat Mono:HSC:G3 MCH.
With an overall length of 22.50 metres, the aluminium vessel is powered by twin 670 BHP Caterpillar diesels and operates at a service speed of 22 knots. She has a personnel carrying capacity of 23 and can carry 25 tons of cargo on her after deck.
Other features include comprehensive D fendering, CCTV cameras, H2S monitors and alarms (important when working in the vicinity of oil and gas platforms) reclining aircraft style seating and a sewage treatment plant.