Australian custom superyacht and yacht support vessel builder Echo Yachts has released details of their new Project Echo ‘HSV’. This Humanitarian Support Vessel design utilises the same platform and principal particulars as their earlier Project Echo ‘ASY’ – Adventure Support Yacht catamaran motor yacht.
Designed in collaboration with London’s Bannenberg & Rowell and Australia’s naval architects Incat Crowther, the 50-metre Project Echo – ‘HSV’ delivers an equally stylish, extremely stable and capable craft.
The layout is configurable in a multitude of ways for philanthropic clients looking to support humanitarian missions in challenging, remote and shallow-water locations, as well as make use of the vessel for their own cruising and diving adventures wherever possible.
In addition to Bannenberg & Rowell’s progressive exterior styling, the Project Echo platform is perfectly suited to heavy seas offshore. The catamaran hull, designed by the team at Incat Crowther for class-leading performance, includes a large reduction in engine-powering requirements compared to similar length monohulled platforms, and delivers exceptional fuel efficiency and range.
Customisable spaces and features on board the Project Echo – HSV can include externally accessible isolated treatment rooms, medical rooms, laboratory space, cooled and dry medical supply storage spaces. Specially configured HVAC systems can also provide 100 percent fresh air to isolation rooms with no recirculation, further minimising contamination risk.
“There is a history of London/Western Australian collaboration in the Bannenberg studio, of course, and we have been very pleased to continue that with Echo Yachts and Incat Crowther on this new design initiative,” said Dickie Bannenberg of Bannenberg & Rowell.
“Support vessels are an interesting and growing segment of the market, but not necessarily one populated with vessels that combine both form and function as we believe the Echo Yachts vessel does.”
Dickie continues, “The catamaran platform offers stability, fuel-efficient range and space, and provides an ideal mother ship for adventure and humanitarian operations whenever the need might arise. It’s good-looking and practical. Echo Yachts are able to offer many technical and yacht finish options to suit any need.”
With a 40-tonne cargo deadweight carrying capacity and special integrated cargo deck rail fastening system, Project Echo’s superior wide body cargo zone is perfectly suited to carrying multiple large tenders, water sports equipment, humanitarian cargo modules and supporting helicopter operations for medivac and guest transfers.
Watercraft and landing craft are launched and retrieved with a heavy duty 12-tonne knuckle-boom crane, enabling the loading and unloading of 10-foot cube cargo containers, delivery of medical supplies and drinking water modules. Evacuation of several stretchered patients to the vessel can be achieved with the aid of a large tender such as a 12-metre catamaran landing-craft tender by custom tender specialists Allseas Design and Vikal Australia, or via helicopter.
“This new customisable design is offered at a lower price point than our previous Project Echo ‘ASY’ – Adventure Support Yacht model. It sees the removal of the large flush-deck A-frame crane from the stern, yet remains very capable of launching and retrieving large watercraft and submersibles with its 12-tonne knuckle-boom crane,” explains Chris Blackwell of Echo Yachts.
“Our pricing, our 100-percent customisable design philosophy and timely delivery are further improved due to the low Australian dollar and our immediate new build project capacity.”