Austal’s ‘Offshore Express’ Large Crew Transfer Vessels Delivering Results in Middle East


Austal’s expanding range of ‘Offshore Express’ large crew transfer vessels are achieving great results for operators, crew and passengers servicing offshore platforms in the Middle East region; and are a feature of the company’s exhibition at Seatrade Offshore Marine & Workboats Middle East (SOMWME) 2017, in Abu Dhabi from 25 to 27 September.

Highlighting the MV Rashid Behbudov’s first twelve months of operation with owner and operator Caspian Marine Services Limited (CMS), Austal Middle East Vice President Michael McCourt said the vessel had exceeded expectations and was delivering real benefits to all stakeholders.

Rashid Behbudov was designed by Incat Crowther and built by Austal to offer a new benchmark in offshore crew transfer capability and the vessel has certainly delivered a more efficient, economical, safer and more comfortable experience for crew and passengers.”

Whilst at SeaTrade in Abu Dhabi the Chairman of Caspian Marine Services Mr. Carl Rolaston said:  “The Austal-built "Rashid Behbudov" has been in service with Caspian Marine Services for over a year now. We have had excellent customer feedback and recognise the integrated continuous walk to work system is the new industry benchmark for safety and comfort in crew transfers. The vessel is very well built and Austal have proven to be an excellent ship building partner.”

MV Rashid Behbudov is 70 metre, all-aluminium, high-speed catamaran that features advanced technology such as DP-2 (DYNPOS-AUTR) dynamic positioning and an Ampelmann heave compensated gangway that enables ‘walk to work’ capability and safety.

An effective transport and logistics solution, the Offshore Express 70 features more than 400 square metres of cargo deck area and the ability to carry 150 passengers (plus 16 crew) 400 nautical miles at 30 knots. The vessel is providing CMS’ customers, including BP, with greater safety, reliability and economy than alternative offshore transportation modes, such as helicopters.

Austal worked closely with CMS and Incat Crowther to integrate MARINELINK, Austal’s proven control and monitoring system; and Austal’s Ride Control technology with T-foils and interceptors that improve the vessel’s seakeeping characteristics and crew comfort. These systems are delivering real benefits to CMS and its customers, with enhanced onboard and on-shore monitoring and smoother journeys.

Austal won the A$44.5million contract to build the sister ship to CMS’ Muslim Magomayev in June 2015 and construction was completed in just over 12 months, utilising the skilled and experienced teams from Austal’s Australian and Philippines shipyards.

Austal is exhibiting at Seatrade Offshore Marine & Workboats Middle East (SOMWME) 2017, in Abu Dhabi from 25 to 27 September and representatives from Austal’s Middle East office will be meeting with the regions’ leading offshore operators and industry stakeholders throughout the event.