Australia-based Nauti-Craft and German offshore contractor OFFCON have entered into a Development and License Agreement with the purpose of introducing a novel range of multi-purpose daughter craft to the offshore wind industry.
The first of this range of boats incorporating Nauti-Craft technology, an 18m design, is well advanced in its development having been supported with design assistance from Nauti-Craft over the last six months. OFFCON have secured exclusive rights to manufacture the multi-purpose daughter craft vessels incorporating Nauti-Craft technology in Germany with the right to sell them worldwide. This exclusivity is for a finite period and is subject to meeting certain sales performance criteria.
OFFCON was introduced to Nauti-Craft technology in 2014 and their founder, Harald Hübner, visited Nauti-Craft in 2015 and undertook an evaluation of the technology through sea trials of Nauti-Craft 2 Play development vessel. Harald maintained contact with Nauti-Craft and during 2019 saw an opportunity to develop a unique range of vessels for the offshore wind market. After Nauti-Craft was contracted to carry out initial design work in order to present the vessel concepts to potential customers OFFCON elected to proceed with securing the licensing rights.
In a nod to the Australian DNA in this new range of boats, OFFCON has established a company to build them called Wallaby Boats. Three types planned currently are the Wallaby-18, Wallaby-16 and the Wallaby-14. The smaller boats are designed to be daughter craft with an OFFCON patented single point hoist that adjusts for variable Centre of Gravity and the bigger boats can be large daughter craft or small Crew Transfer Vessel.
Nauti-Craft’s Managing Director, Ken Johnsen, stated, “We are very pleased to enter into this relationship with OFFCON. Harald Hübner, as an experienced vessel operator, immediately saw the benefits of the Nauti-Craft technology after evaluating the technology first hand. Since that time, he has been a passionate supporter and we look forward to a fruitful relationship”