SA Special Forces workboat delivered


Veecraft Marine has delivered a 20 metre workboat, Inkanyamba, to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), whose Special Forces will use it for personnel and equipment transport and training.

The delivery was announced by Australia-headquartered marine engineering design company Incat Crowther on 30 June. It received the design contract from Veecraft in late 2018.

Inkanyamba, named after a Zulu legendary sea serpent, is the twelfth Incat Crowther vessel built by Veecraft in less than a decade. Veecraft has previously supplied vessels to the SA Special Forces – in May 2017 it launched two 11 metre long workboats to support their activities on the Langebaan Lagoon. Veecraft, part of the Paramount Group, has previously supplied vessels to the South African Navy, such as Project Xena riverine patrol boats for the Maritime Reaction Squadron.

Stuart McVitty, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Veecraft Marine, stated that: “Maritime security is a critical component in safeguarding our country’s territorial integrity, which includes protecting our exclusive economic zone and blue economy. It’s a privilege to maintain our commitment to supporting South Africa’s defence forces through innovative technologies and transportation and training platforms, such as Inkanyamba.

“This workboat’s delivery is yet another benchmark of what remains our continued service in supplying vessels designed to navigate through austere environments, with both maximum cargo load capacity yet exceptional maneuverability in mind.”

According to Incat Crowther, the Inkanyamba features a forward deckhouse with wheelhouse above and a 25 square metre aft cargo deck, able to accommodate 10 tonnes of cargo. The deckhouse is fitted with galley and mess areas along with two bathrooms and a deck locker accessible from the cargo deck. Four crew and 16 passengers can be accommodated. The wheelhouse is arranged for 360-degree visibility, including an unobstructed view of the cargo deck.

The cargo deck of the aluminium vessel is able to accommodate a 6 metre ISO container and is also fitted with a 5 ton 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 a crew accommodation space. The crew accommodation features three staterooms each with three bunks for a total capacity of twelve crew members.

Other notable features include a robust fendering system and heavy towing bollards on each end of the vessel, Incat Crowther said.

With a service speed of 15 knots (maximum speed is 18 knots) at a deadweight load of 20 tonnes, the vessel is powered by two MAN D2862 LE431 marine engines rated at 588 kw (at 1800 rpm) driving Teignbridge fixed pitch propellers through ZF 2050 gearboxes.