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BMT design Alkahfi Chief wins ‘Support Vessel of the Year’ award

BMT designed offshore support vessel Alkahfi Chief was announced as the winner of ‘Support Vessel of the Year’ award, at the 2020 Offshore Support Journal (OSJ) Awards last night in London.

6 February 2020

BMT design Alkahfi Chief wins ‘Support Vessel of the Year’ award

The Flex-42X, designed and developed by BMT and Penguin Shipyards, is a midsized crew boat powered by three conventional Caterpillar C32 ACERT main engines. With top speed of 30 knots it is arguably the most efficient design on the market.

In addition, Alkahfi Chief benefits from the integration of a walk to work system located on the aft deck, an interceptor based ride control system, and luxurious business class seating on a 2 by 2 seats configuration.

The Flex-42X is a multi-role support platform designed to support a number of operations duty in addition to its primary purpose as a personnel and cargo transfer vessel. Specialist duties include security and escort, search and rescue, emergency response, fire-fighting, and medivac.

BMT Specialised Ship Design, Head of Business Development, Noel Tomlinson, said:

“BMT and Penguin Shipyard International are delighted to have won this accolade for Support Vessel of the Year. The Alkahfi Chief has set a new industry benchmark through its innovative design, efficient operation and quality of the amenities offered to the crew and personnel”
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