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Monday, April 26, 2021 

Ship designers Incat Crowther and YCTS have announced the delivery of the second vessel in the ShadowCat range, 'Wayfinder', which builds on the capability of the previous ShadowCat 'Hodor', delivered in 2019.

Wayfinder has a 68m length, 14m beam and a draught of 2.4m which permits close coastline navigation. Features include a fully certified helipad and helicopter hangar, with accommodation and storage over four decks. Wayfinder has carrying capacity which includes a helicopter, five large tenders, jet skis and more. In addition to an 18-crew member capacity, it also serves as accommodation for up to 14 extra crew and service personnel.

ShadowCat Wayfinder was designed by Incat Crowther and YCTS, and constructed by Astilleros Armón at the Burela shipyard in Spain.

“Custom-designed to exceed exacting standards in every way, Wayfinder leads the industry in terms of capacity, capability, safety and performance,” said Robert Smith, Director of YCTS. “Additionally, this latest ShadowCat was delivered on time in a challenging supply chain and economy. We are proud to deliver this incredible vessel and to continue raising the bar for bespoke shadow vessel concepts and designs across our industry.”

Dan Mace, Technical Manager, Incat Crowther said: “This latest highly capable vessel features an innovative catamaran hull that offers 60% more deck space and 40% more volume capacity, allowing ultimate flexibility and operational efficiency. The high speed and low fuel consumption are impressive. The design offers a stable platform for the safe transfer of guests from helicopter, via tenders. The hull provides a 70% increase in stability for loading and off-loading its equipment and tenders.”

Wayfinder’s hulls are occupied by service spaces including waste management and treatment, tech stores, laundry, workshops and stores. The support vessel meets or exceeds IMO Tier III emissions guidelines and employs innovative green technology to reduce its impact on the environment by providing a zero discharge operational capability. An onboard treatment plant cleans all wastewater discharged to a drinkable quality, wet and dry waste is fully treated onboard to allow the vessel to operate with a zero discharge policy, to meet a 'leave no trace' philosophy.

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