A Pacific Northwest boat construction company has selected Jensen Maritime Consultants’ workboat design for the US Naval Sea Systems Command’s (NAVSEA) new-build project.

The company is set to deliver a functional and regulatory design package for the US Navy vessel as part of the deal.

The 41ft-long ship is intended to provide ship and sub assist services, in addition to other port operational services at navy port locations worldwide.

"The 41ft-long ship is intended to provide ship and sub assist services, in addition to other port operational services at navy port locations worldwide."

Jensen’s 22,000lb bollard-pull workboat features a removable cabin and push knees, enabling it to be transported over-the-road by truck.

Jensen Maritime Consultants Business Development director Bryan Nichols said: “We have worked closely with the build team to ensure maximum efficiency for vessel construction.

“Once completed, it will be a well-equipped, very manoeuvrable workhorse.”

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The vessel will be primarily used by the navy to assist barges, submarines and other naval ships, open and close security barriers, and tow or push floating port operations support equipment.

The workboat has been specifically designed by the company to feature two Pullmaster hydraulic deck winches for use in multiple mooring configurations, as well as heavy-duty fendering to ensure optimal protection during operation.

In addition, the company has integrated a number of highly functional features onto the boat, including an H-bitt on the bow, mooring bitts at the shoulders and stern quarters, and an aft taffrail for a smooth sweep of the tow hawser during towing activities.

The vessel has been designed to meet the latest American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) standards and addresses the US Navy’s stability requirements, including damage stability.

Delivery of the workboat is expected during the third quarter of this year.