New Workboat Delivered to South Africa's Special Forces

A new 20-meter monohull workboat built by Cape Town shipbuilder Veecraft Marine has been delivered to the Armaments Corporation of South Africa (ARMSCOR) and will enter service for the South African National Defense Force (SANDF).

The vessel is designed by Incat Crowther for personnel and equipment transport as well as to support training activities in coastal waters up to 10 miles off the coast under inclement weather conditions often experienced in the area. The vessel is designed in accordance with BV requirements and in compliance with flag state rules as defined by South African Maritime Authority (SAMSA) for Category C vessels.

The main deck features a forward deckhouse with wheelhouse above and a 25-square-meter aft cargo deck. The deckhouse is fitted with galley and mess areas along with two toilets and a deck locker accessible from the cargo deck. The wheelhouse is arranged for 360-degree visibility, including an unobstructed view of the cargo deck.

The cargo deck of the aluminum vessel is able to accommodate a 6-meter ISO container and is also fitted with a 5-metric-ton marine crane. A foldable dive platform is fitted aft of the transom along with stairs integrated into the main deck to provide safe access.

Below deck includes two 7.5-cubic-meter cargo holds with access hatches above, engine room, fuel and water tanks, and overnight accommodations. The overnight accommodation features three staterooms for a total capacity of 12 personnel.

Other notable features include a robust fendering system and heavy towing bollards on each end of the vessel.

With a service speed of 15 knots at a substantial deadweight load of 20 metric tons, the vessel is powered by two MAN D2862 LE431 marine engines rated at 588kW at 1,800 rpm driving Teignbridge fixed pitch propellers through ZF 2050 gearboxes.

Inkanyamba is the 12th Incat Crowther vessel built by Veecraft in less than a decade.

Principal dimensions
Length Overall: 20m
Length Waterline: 9.4m
Beam Overall: 5.5m
Draft (hull): 1.2m
Draft (prop or max): 1.7m
Depth: 2.8m
Construction: Marine grade aluminum

Fuel Oil: 9,200 liters
Fresh Water: 2,300 liters
Sullage: 600 liters
Personnel: 16
Crew: 4
Max Deadweight: 20,000 kg

Propulsion and performance
Speed (Service): 15 knots
Speed (Max): 18 knots
Main Engines: 2 x MAN D2862 LE431
Power: 2 x 551kW @ 1,800rpm
Propulsion: 2 x Propellers
Generators: 1 x Kohler 10.0 kVA @ 1,800rpm

Flag: South Africa
Class / Survey: BV / SAMSA

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