Replacing a damaged section of cable under open ocean conditions can be a dangerous job with a monohull maintenance boat and the small catamaran described in this article is designed as the definitive maintenance vessels for cables. The catamaran configuration was selected, partly because the tunnel provides a natural alleyway for work on the cable and with the craft manoeuvred over the cable specialised clamps and winches enable sections to be uncoupled and repaired or replaced with relative ease in a sheltered environment without risk of capsizing the boat. The self-righting and resilient fendered vessel is designed to fit spaces currently occupied by standard RIB man overboard boats fitted to ships. As such the overall length is 6.9m, the breadth overall 3.1m and the draught is about 0.6m, the full load displacement is some 4.2 tonnes.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Ship & Boat Intl, n 5, June 1995, p 11 [3 p, 5 fig]
  • Publication Date: 1995


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  • Accession Number: 00718371
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
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  • Created Date: Mar 27 1996 12:00AM