A robust and proven aluminium Crewtender, for the transportation of crew, pilots and personal.
A deep V hull and reinforced fender, closed main deck and closed wheelhouse.
This proven concept of crewtendering does already years of dependable service in the Port of Rotterdam, ships are used to transport pilots and staff with a average of 4,000 hours a year per boat. At the moment there are five Crewtenders under the flag of the KRVE . This RIB has been specifically designed for the rough and tumble of the Rotterdam harbours and is, soldierproof.
Each Crewtender makes something in the region of 100 ‘controlled collisions per day” as it delivers or collects pilots and other crew members. The fender therefore has to act as a shock absorber/fender, and resist collisions with sharp objects such as broken ladders, or steel bolts or pieces of reinforced concrete, as well as acting as a buoyancy aid to ensure that the vessel remains afloat even if completely full of water. Poly-Marine services, a company specialising in these sorts of problems, therefore developed a special fender for the boat. Using their offshore experience they have produced a fender with a hard exterior but filled with foam. This formula appears to work – tests have included driving a fork-lift truck hard into the tube but it remained fully functional. The ship can therefore be pushed head first or sideways against another surface with no dangerous results. In order to maximise the safe transfer of passengers, the boat has a warmed and fenced platform in the bow.