This build was designed by us and used for transportation of different goods such as vehicles and other types of cargo; with a dead weight/ship’s loading capacity which includes bunkers and propulsion supplies of 400 tonnes and a trial speed of 11 knots. The build holds 350 tonnes having a deck area of 350 m2 and deck loading of 10 t/m2.
Landing craft, though originated from World War 2, during D-Day, and used to convey infantry and vehicles onto enemy strongholds from the sea, grow in popularity in civilian situations where owners transport loads of vehicles and other forms of heavy cargo. However, during D-Day landing craft transported tanks, infantry and ammunition whereas in our time when many resources were invested into R & D of landing craft, capabilities were increased with numerous design decisions.
Some features of modern landing craft are cabins which provide protection in unfavourable weather. Landing craft are available in single V shape or twin hull which is suited depending on requirements. We designed our landing craft for a variety of maritime operations.
The HI 48M is a BV I hull special service landing craft passenger carrier coastal vessel whose hull is suitable for offshore use in heavy seas; 16 degrees of deadrise at the stern and wide forward chines for lift and stability. The bow design also ensures that spray is kept out of the boat and that they stay on the plane with minimum power; with this build having a summer draft of 2.00M.
Summer draft represents the worst-case loaded draft a ship can have, during summer the water is warmer so it is less dense and expands slightly and thus makes the ship float deeper; having a water ballast of 215 m3, allowing to maintain stability of the vessel. This build has 2x 610kW main engines and a conventional twin-screw main propulsion system.
This type of propulsion converts engine torque into propulsive force which overcomes a ship’s resistance to forwards motion by creating a sternward accelerated column of water. We chose screw propellers in this build due to the light weight of a screw propeller along with flexibility of application with good efficiency at high rotative speeds.
Our build of landing craft is also capable of carrying 88 passengers along with 2 officers and 6 persons crew wise, making landing craft also capable as passenger vessels. Workboats, especially in the modern world are required to manage and handle projects which require more manpower combined with technology which makes our build a good choice for projects as we carry essentials where they are needed.
Our build, concerning passengers, has 1 70kW backup generator which is essential for safety purposes as passengers on vessels that lack backup generators are prone to substantial distress due to lack of water, refrigeration and sewage upon loss of main engines, generator failure due to fire or other emergency. Crew is also placed into a dis-advantage as they require operation of electrical mechanisms; circumstances can be more dangerous in extreme conditions as the ship can be lost altogether.
Some situations where a landing craft would be valuable can be life-saving efforts during a crisis, management of offshore projects. Life-saving, especially in the modern world where the climate grows unstable constantly, is a more relevant use for a landing craft as sea level rises and access by water would be valuable along with cargo carrying capability to rescue more during a situation such as a massive flood. Our build has all the capabilities for every situation from passenger to heavy cargo transport; with all the necessary variables in place with design decisions predicted from realistic situations.