IMO : n/a
Build : 2003 by Aas Mek. Verksted A/S – Vestnes in Norway, nr 171
Above picture was emailed to me by Matt, Matt is working on a diving support vessel on the Southern North Sea and he encountered the pictured fugly little vessel while working in one of the offshore windfarms which are slowly but steadily taking over the North Sea. For the last 8 years I also have been working on the Southern North Sea, also a lot in & around windfarms and I can count myself lucky that I have never seen the above brick with propellors.
The first thing that came into my mind when I saw the above picture: She has been banging into too many walls, or seeing that she is working in offshore windfarms: too many windmills. the next thing was: she looks like a bulldog, or a pug……one of those dogs that look like they have been walking into too many walls. Same thing really.
And as I have done more often when seeing pictures of ships published in this site: What-on-earth were the designers thinking when they designed a ship like this. At a certain point there must be the realisation hitting home that the thing they were putting on paper was going to look like….uhm…shit. So what do they do then? Go home and cry? Go to the bar and drink themselves senseless? What?
Anyway: now we, the seafarers & other people living by/off the sea must endure the fruits of their minds.
As the above picture shows she is actually a catamaran and between the hulls under the waterline are socalled foils that give her better seakeeping characteristics. I still have my doubts about her performance, with that blunt bow she looks like she is going to be stopped dead in her tracks by every wave she encounters, how small that wave may possibly be. You can read more about her here in this PDF.
But I must say : reading the specs & features of this little boat I can’t help but be impressed but why the hell did they have to make her so unbelievable ugly and a pig to look at??
More pics can be found here.