Aluminum Crewboat Built by Dubai Drydocks

On January 20, 2001, Dubai Drydocks delivered the new aluminum crewboat Khulood to Mutawa Marine of Abu Dhabi, for service in the offshore oil industry in the Arabian Gulf. Designed by Robert Allan Ltd., Naval Architects of Vancouver, the new vessel is the first newbuilding in welded aluminium built by Dubai Drydocks, and represents the first in a proposed new line of offshore crewboats to be offered by the shipyard to clients worldwide.

In collaboration with Robert Allan Ltd., Dubai Drydocks will offer a range of high-performance aluminium crewboats from 82 to 164 ft. (25 to 50 m) in length, with service speeds up to 30 knots. Robert Allan Ltd. provided Dubai Drydocks with a complete contract design package for the boat, based on the end-user's specific operating requirements, In addition, Robert Allan Ltd. provided with a complete set of production working drawings, including all parts and plate developments for NC cutting of all aluminium. Khulood was built to the approval of Lloyd's Register of Shipping.

The crewboat was designed to offer a good combination of speed, cargo capacity manoeuvrability, and seakeeping in a boat of modest size. The design features a spacious forward wheelhouse with excellent all-round and overhead visibility, with a large passenger area with comfortable seating for 31 behind. Below decks are crew quarters for six, a galley, and lavatory facilities. The engine compartment is accessible by large watertight hatches in the aft deck, permitting ready access to the machinery for servicing, or for removal of engines, or any large components should that be necessary in the life of the boat. The aft deck is strengthened for carrying deck cargo, with a design capacity of 20 tons. Khulood is propelled by twin high-speed diesels, each driving a fivebladed propeller through a reversereduction gearbox. On trials conducted in January, 2001 Khulood demonstrated excellent performance in every category, with a top speed of 22.8 knots, excellent high-speed and lowspeed manoeuvrability, and a very stable and comfortable ride.

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