CONSTRUCTION Steel hull and superstructure; Bolidt deck, Teak main deck
FLAG UK, London
ENGINES 3 x Deutz BA8M816W
GT 865 tons
NT 259 tons
DISPLACEMENT 1,075 tons
LOA 59.00m / 193’6’’
61.50m/ 201’9’’ incl. swim platform - not on registration
LWL 53.00m/ 173’
BEAM 10.69m / 35’7’’
DRAFT 4.00m / 13’1’’ min
5.20m / 13’1’’ max
AIR DRAFT 24.00m / 78’8’’
SPEED & RANGE UNDER POWER
MAXIMUM SPEED 13.5 knots
CRUISING SPEED 11 knots
SPEED/USE DETAILS SPEED CONSUMPTION RANGE RPM
ECONOMICAL 8.5 knots max 2m3/24hrs 10,000nm 100%
CRUISING 11 knots max 4m3/24hrs 6,500nm 100%
MAXIMUM 13.5 knots max 6m3/24hrs not recommended 100%
ACCOMMODATION 10 x Guests in 5 cabins
1 x Master; 1 x VIP; 2 x Double; 1 x Twin
CREW 19 x Crew
FUEL 113,000 litres /29,851 US gallons
HELI FUEL 5,000 litres /1,320 US gallons
FRESH WATER 40,000 litres /10,566 US gallons
WATER MAKER 30,000 litres /2,975 US gallons per day
LUBE OIL 1,690 litres /446.5 US gallons
WASTE OIL 5,700litres / 1,506 US gallons
WASTEWATER 7,800litres / 2,060.5 US gallons
BALLAST WATER 9,220/ 2,355.6 US gallons (trim tanks)
·Aft Dec k seating area
·Upper Deck Solarium/ Sun Room
·Upper Aft Deck Sun Terrace
DIESEL ELECTRIC ENGINE DETAILS
AKULA has 3 (three) 430kW Deutz engines which drive 3 DC generators which provide power for 1 (one) 816kW MPM (Main Propulsion Motor), they also provide power for the forward DC windlass and the bow thruster.
These engines also drive 3 AC generators which provide the 380v 3 phase and 220v single phase power through all the other systems on board.
In addition there are 2 x harbour generators which provide AC power for the vessel either at anchor or alongside for quieter more efficient generation when the MPM or other DC powered units are not required.
One of the major benefits of a diesel electric system is that the engines/power units do not need to be positioned aft but theoretically anywhere as all one needs is some wiring to go back to the propulsion motor which is situated way aft with a short and much quieter shaft than one which has a long run through the vessel.
ENGINES3 x 430kW Deutz BA8M816W
1 x MPM electric producing 816kW
ENGINES HOURS 13th of November, 2014
Port: 32,510 hours; last overhaul @ 29,268 hours
Centre: 33,389 hours; last overhaul @ 30,503hours
Stbd: 32,777 hours; last overhaul @ 29,515 hours
DRIVE Electric MPM; Single Prop
STEERING SYSTEM AEM - double Hydraulic
HELM/CONTROL STATIONS 2 x Bridge wing + main bridge station plus ECR
STABILISERS Vosper Thornycroft 4 fin 200 series (not zero speed) –
FUEL FILTRATION Wartsilla centrifuge plus duplex filters
MAIN ENGINE START 2 x Independent banks - auto charged - 38 batteries
GENERATOR STARTING 1 x 2 Bank per generator - auto charged
EMERGENCY 6 x Batteries maintenance free – auto charged
HELICOPTER DECK ·15m x 10m Maximum size (EC155/S76) ·4.5 ton maximum weight ·Suitable for Helicopter sling loading ·Retractable Hanger (will fit Squirrel or Agusta 109) ·5,000 litres Helicopter fuel capacity ·Refueling station at deck level with 103 l/m flow rate ·Folding Safety Railings ·Tie Down Points
RADAR Kelvin Hughes 3cm "X" band atmospheric dependent range
RADAR Kelvin Hughes 10cm "S" bandatmospheric dependent range
GYROCOMPASS Yokogawa KM008
COMPASS Cassens & Plath
DEPTH SOUNDERS 2 x Fore and aft by B&G
GPS 2 x Leica MX 412
DGPS - 2 x Leica MX412
PLOTTER SOFTWARE Transas
CHART PLOTTER Transas
NAVTEX JRC NCR-300A
WIND INSTRUMENTS 1 x B&G
1 x Furuno
SPEED LOG Walker Log
SATCOM Vsat equipt removed (subscription expired)
VHF FIXED Sailor RRT 5022
2 x RT 2048
VHF HANDHELD Sailor 2
SSB Sailor CU 50100
TELEPHONE SYSTEM Cisco IP w/extensions in all areas
WATER SPORTS ·2 x SeaDoo Wake 215hp Jet Skis ·Kayaks ·Water Skis ·Seabob ·Paddleboats
DIVING ·6 x Sets of Posidon ·1 x Compressor Bauer 300 bar ·15 x Snorkelling equipment ·Various fishing equipment both heavy and light tackle
OTHER ·Lower deck Gym of 3mx4m with: Kettle Track running machine ·Dry Sauna
ENGINEERING WORK HISTORY
WATER MAKER HEM- HP pumps overhauled, new membranes
installed. La Ciotat 2008
ANCHOR WINDLASS In Crete 2008 windlass dismantled, inner parts checked,
damaged one replaced, windlass body sand blasted and
ANCHOR CHAINS 2008 - Crete chains replaced.
AIR CONDITIONING Compressor Overhauled, Malta 2009.
HARBOUR GENERATOR 2010 - installed two new Caterpillar generators, equipped
with advance power sharing and controlled systems.
Generators relocated to better and more convenient place in
MAIN ENGINES 3 x Deutz 430kW- installed new (second hand, standby
generators for hospitals with 300h) in 2010 by Malta ship
Main engines recorded as generally overhauled in 2010
with +/- 3000 hours since.
GEARBOXES 3 x Reintjes
BOW THRUSTER Bearings and seals replaced. Malta 2010
STBILISERS Complete overhaul, Genoa 2014
DOUBLE BOTTOM TANKS No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11. Tanks sandblasted and painted with
Hempel epoxy paint. Tanks No 3 and 4 contain solid ballast
as iron ingots, all ingots removed, sand blasted, painted
and restored in to tanks. Black water tank- tank top, frames
and outside shell plate renewed, painted with Hempel
epoxy paint under control of Hempel surveyor. Malta 2010.
New Deck Crane PS Installed new, Norfolk 2011.
AKULA WORKS 2008 -2014
FWD GUEST AREA
Upgrade and extension of forward Laundry including:
·More machines and larger work space for interior crew.
·Forward bulkhead installed to separate guest corridor from Laundry area.
All guest cabins upgraded including:
·Rep lacing head liners and Headliner fittings.
·New lighting with sensors.
·Larger ward robe storage area.
·New bed bases with foot lighting.
·Upgrade of Bathroom fittings.
MASTER BEDROOM AND SALON
Upgrade of Master Bedroom, Bathroom and Saloon including:
·Complete new Bathroom
·Bed room fitting s and fixtures.
·Walk in Wardrobe.
Upgrade and expansion of crew mess including:
·New Dinner Table, Bench-top and Cupboard storage.
·Re-arranging of sea ting and removal of void spaces for better use of space.
·Installation of Apple TV entertainment system for mess, crew and guest areas.
Upgrade of Dining area including:
·Marble-top dining table.
·Access door to Port side owner’s deck.
Upgrade of Pantry area including:
·Additional storage space and wine fridge.
·Additional bench space.
Upgrade of Aft Saloon including:
·Fitting s and Furniture
·Small office space
AFT STORAGE AND CORRIDOR
Upgrade and expansion of Aft storage areas including the installation of:
·Gym with running machine, speed ball and punch bag
·1 x 4 person Sauna
· Day head.
Conversion of Hangar and Heli-Workshop into Day Room including:
·Bar, Lounge and Dining area.
·Adjoining covered exterior entertainment area.
·Removable fittings to enable storage of Helicopter when necessary.
Upgrade and addition of Cranes, Tenders, Jet Skis and including:
·10.2m NAIAD Custom Cabin Jet Rib specifically designed for expeditions. Powered by
·Twin Yanmar 315 HP & Hamilton Jets. Top speed of 36 knots and range of over 200nm.
·7.5m STANLEY Landing Craft with Yamaha 150HP
·2 x Seadoo Jet skis.
·Bauer Dive Compressor.
·2 x quad bike ATV’s
·1 x 2 person ATV
·Bolidt Deck installed on Helideck and Observation Deck.
·All aerials, satellite dishes and scanners removed from Monkey Island above Bridge to
create large Observation Dec k with 360º views.
REFIT 2014 IN GENOA
·Complete stabiliser overhaul
·New navigational equipment”
Formerly a Dutch navy pilot vessel "Akula" was converted to a world cruising explorer yacht in 1999 at the Vosper Thornycraft shipyard. BMT Nigel Gee provided all naval architecture and structural design for the conversion including the addition of a flight deck and helicopter hangar. Refit work
was completed at Vosper Thornycraft in 1999. A further interior and exterior refit was completed at
H2X in La Ciotat in 2008. Engine overhaul in Malta in 2010. Akula is a wonderful example of a well-kept conversion from her working days as a Dutch Pilot vessel. Originally built in Holland to the highest Dutch naval specification, her condition today reflects her high standard of construction and the maintenance and care that has followed throughout her life until now.
Akula was refitted to accommodate professional helicopter operations and to be able to cruise the most unfriendly of oceans in style, safety and comfort. Akula is equipped with four Vosper stabilizers that assist rough weather heli-operations allowing comfortable landings in up to around Force 6 weather conditions.
Three main diesel electric engines provide single screw propulsion and power. Together with the silenced generators sound (DB) levels compare well with modern day building standards. Stern and bow thrusters allow for ease of maneuvering and positioning.
This vessel, with its sturdy launches and equipment reflects the type of use she was intended for and portrays the feeling of strength and safety with a homely, comfortable atmosphere.
·Vosper GB, 1999.
·Complete refit & conversion to Heli-ops Yacht Explorer H2X La Ciotat, 2008.