Albwardy Damen in the United Arab Emirates has delivered the first of two fast supply vessels to Dubai-based owner Marine Core & Charter.
Ampi will be able to transport passengers and cargo to offshore oil fields at speeds of more than 30 knots, when it starts commercial operations in early October.
OSJ had exclusive access Ampiís sea trials at Albwardy Damenís shipyard in Sharjah Hamriyah Freezone and witnessed the Damen-designed and built vessel operated at a speed of between 31 and 32 knots in the Arabian Gulf.
The sea trials confirmed the vesselís stability and the ability of the Sea Axe hullform to minimise the effects of slamming.
Ampi has four Caterpillar engines and two auxiliaries in the engineroom. It has an integrated bridge system supplied by Alphatron with JRC radar, and a control chair and display in the aft section of the wheelhouse.
Marine Core & Charterís chief executive Adib Abdel Massih told OSJ that Ampi will go on long-term charter in Kuwait from early October.
It has capacity for 90 passengers and 150 m2 of deck space for cargo.
Mr Massih said a second vessel of the same design and capacity is due to be delivered from Albwardy Damen in the middle of November.
Ampi undertook sea trials from the Sharjah Hamriyah Freezone.