Australian shipbuilder Echo Yachts has revealed their latest support yacht project in collaboration with Bannenberg & Rowell Design, Triton and Incat Crowther. The 50-metre Project Echo is designed on a proven catamaran platform, with the yard stating that the project ‘demonstrates a totally fresh approach to both the charter adventure yacht and superyacht support vessel markets’.
Innovative technical features include a custom designed Caley A-frame submarine Launch and Recovery System (LARS). In addition, the A-frame LARS has been developed by Caley with Echo Yachts to fold and stow flat into the cargo deck enabling seamless helicopter landing operations or additional cargo deck space.
Primary water craft, landing craft and back-up submarine launch and retrieval capability is provided via Project Echo’s secondary 12 tonne knuckle boom crane. Other notable features include a cargo deadweight carry capacity of 40 tonnes, long range and heavy seas cruising capabilities, integrated deck cargo transfer rail/tie down system and dedicated undercroft protection and technical lockers for the submarines.
Offering plenty of opportunity for customisation, Echo Yachts state that an immediate project start and build slot is available to prospective clients. The brand will be present at the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show, where interested parties are encouraged to meet the team and hear more about the project.