Australian shipyard Echo Yachts has unveiled its latest catamaran design: the 50-metre Project Echo Humanitarian Support Vessel (HSV) which has been created in collaboration with London-based studio Bannenberg & Rowell and Incat Crowther Naval Architects. Photo: Echo YachtsUtilising the same platform and principal particulars as the yard's earlier Project Echo, Adventure Support Yacht (ASY), which was first revealed back in 2017, the Project Echo Humanitarian Support Vessel is offered with the goal of aiding "philanthropic clients looking to support humanitarian missions in challenging, remote and shallow water locations", with clients also being able to enjoy using the vessel for their own cruising and diving adventures alongside these humanitarian purposes.Photo: Echo YachtsSporting eye-catching and modern exterior styling by Bannenberg & Rowell, the Project Echo platform by Incat Crowther Naval Architects is a heavy-seas offshore catamaran hull which offers a large reduction in engine powering requirements in comparison to monohull platforms of a similar length, thus enabling the vessel to deliver exceptional fuel efficiency and range.
Brett Crowther from Incat Crowther explains further: "Ideally suited to the specific operational requirements of this concept, our catamaran hull has large and functional deck spaces with the ability to carry significant cargo and ancillary equipment, custom tenders and other deck equipment, together with fuel and provisions for a four thousand mile operational range."Photo: Echo YachtsHe continues: "Together with its high deadweight capacity and exemplary propulsive efficiency, this Incat Crowther hull form has already been well proven in tough oceanic conditions, and is the benchmark solution in the commercial offshore oil and gas industry, where superior seakeeping, ruggedness and performance offshore are paramount."
In terms of her layout, Project Echo HSV can be configured in multiple ways to suit her intended usage, with possible features including externally accessible isolated treatment rooms, medical rooms, laboratory spaces and cooled and dry medical supply storage spaces. Furthermore, those concerned about any possible contamination on board can also rest easy, as the vessel's specially configured HVAC systems can also provide 100% fresh air to isolation rooms to minimise this risk.Photo: Echo YachtsThe Project Echo HSV also benefits from a 40-tonne cargo deadweight capacity, as well as a specially integrated cargo deck rail fastening system, with her wide-body cargo zone ideally suited for carrying large tenders, water sports equipment, humanitarian cargo modules, as well as supporting helicopter operations for medivac or guest transfers.
In addition, the vessel also comes equipped with a heavy-duty 12-tonne knuckle-boom crane which can be used to transport 10-foot cube cargo containers, and aid with the delivery of medical supplies and drinking water modules. Her large tenders (such as a 12-metre catamaran landing-craft tender by All-Seas Design and Vikal Australia), can also be used to evacuate stretchered patients to the vessel when required. Performance-wise, the vessel is offered to potential owners with moderate or high-speed powering options.Photo: Echo YachtsDickie Bannenberg, Managing Director at Bannenberg & Rowell commented: "There is a history of London / Western Australian collaboration in the Bannenberg studio of course, and we have been very pleased to continue that with Echo Yachts and Incat Crowther on this new design initiative. Support Vessels are an interesting and growing segment of the market but not necessarily one populated with vessels which combine both form and function as we believe the Echo Yachts vessel does."Photo: Echo YachtsHe continued, "The catamaran platform offers stability, fuel-efficient range and space – providing an ideal mother ship for adventure and humanitarian operations whenever the need might arise. It’s good looking and practical. Echo Yachts are able to offer many technical and yacht finish options to suit any need and it has been a pleasure working with them."
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