Following the recent introduction of SHADOWCAT and Triton Submarine’s SHADOWLARK Launch and Recovery Craft (LARC) for personal submersibles, at Seatrade Miami, the companies announced a new commercial LARC concept designed for the luxury tourism industry.
SHADOWCAT, a designer and manufacturer of civilian submersibles, developed this latest concept, dubbed SHADOWLARK Pro, in co-operation with Tillberg Design of Sweden (TDoS).
Australia-based Incat Crowther, the exclusive partner for SHADOWCAT, provided the naval architecture and marine engineering plans.
The 50 m long SHADOWLARK Pro builds upon the existing catamaran platform, but expands it for commercial operations to accommodate a larger submarine – the Triton DeepView – a modular tourist sub that offers capacities from 12 to 66 guests – or multiple submersibles.
With a 14 m beam, and a draft of 2 m, SHADOWLARK Pro also offers greater capacity for up to 10 crew. Its greater size also offers stowage over three decks for dedicated reception and post-dive lounges, stowage for large transport tenders and dive boat, dive and jet-ski centres, water toy storage and more.
It will be powered by twin MTU engines and is classed by Lloyd’s Register.
“The expansion of SHADOWCAT’s LARC offerings to the commercial sector is in response to market demand for a luxurious, yet cost-effective and practical platform, that cruise operators and resorts could source to generate additional revenue and to develop a reputation for exceptional excursions,” said SHADOWCAT founder, Robert Smith. “For commercial operators interested in adding revenue-generating activities for guests – such as sub dives, helicopter tours or boat rides – SHADOWCAT support vessels are the most practical and efficient and safest way to do so. The addition of a SHADOWLARK Pro is a smart decision in terms of enhancing seaborne expeditions, revenue and brand value.”
“Working together, we realised the opportunity for a fully independent support platform that could dramatically increase guest experiences, throughput, safety and revenues, while significantly reducing the impact, construction and operational challenges of carrying activity-related assets on board the cruise vessel itself,” explained Daniel Nerhagen, TDoS Partner. “Relocating assets, like a helicopters or Zodiak boats, to a SHADOWLARK Pro, reclaims space and eliminates the need for a certificated helipad on board the mother ship and allows for independent operations.
“It could dramatically reduce expenditure, on both initial capex and integration, for on board assets on multiple vessels, salaries and maintenance over the lifespan of the operation. The benefits of this solution are easily apparent,” he said.
“Our initial focus was on aiding cruise operators in increasing guest satisfaction in terms of guest throughput for submersible experiences,” added Bruce Jones, Triton Submarines CEO. “Though our eight-passenger Triton 660/9 AVA is causing a sensation in the expedition cruise sector, the demand for a higher-capacity submersible versus the available space on board the cruise vessel has been a conflict that can’t be resolved.
“The natural solution is to take the submersible off the mothership. The Triton DeepView is the ideal solution to improve guest throughput and revenues for the cruise lines. Together with TDoS and SHADOWCAT, we’ve created a concept that delivers many more additional benefits,” he concluded.
Triton Submarines are built with acrylic pressure hulls, nearly 360-deg views and ergonomic and comfortable interiors. With a Triton DeepView, cruise lines and tourist operators can provide clients with an unforgettable adventure in a cost-efficient and easily maintained package, the company claimed.
The SHADOWCAT line of bespoke support yachts was developed and designed by naval architect and catamaran expert, Incat Crowther, of Sydney, Australia and yacht industry authority YCTS.
Established in 2018, the working partnership has successfully completed two bespoke SHADOWCAT vessels, the 66 m ‘Hodor’ and 68 m ‘Wayfinder’.
These vessels were products of the Spanish shipyard Astilleros Armón, with a third in the series due to be launched by this summer.