South African defense procurement agency ARMSCOR has taken delivery of a 20-meter monohull workboat from Veecraft Marine for the country’s special forces.
The Incat Crowther-designed vessel will be tasked by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) with the transportation of personnel, equipment and also support training activities in coastal waters up to 10 miles off the coast under inclement weather conditions.
Inkanyamba, as the vessel is named, 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 25m2 aft cargo deck. The cargo deck of the aluminum vessel is able to accommodate a 6m ISO container and is also fitted with a 5t 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.
With a service speed of 15 knots at a deadweight load of 20 tons, the vessel is powered by two MAN D2862 LE431 marine engines driving Teignbridge fixed pitch propellers through ZF 2050 gearboxes.