160' Aluminium Crew/Supply Vessel

In the crew boat business there are four major factors that appeal to an operator: speed, payload, passenger load, cost.
A. K. Suda, Inc. has designed a crew/supply boat that is faster, carries more deck load and more passengers and can still be delivered at an economical price. The result is the 160' x 32' high speed crew/supply boat that was recently completed by LaForce Shipyard at their Bayou LaBatre, Alabama yard.

Innovative Design

The vessel design is based on the philosophy of its designer, A. K. Suda, Inc., a full service naval architecture firm in Metairie, Louisiana, to build the lightest and strongest vessels. In maintaining the USCG Subchapter T designation, Suda designed the vessel without the use of deep tonnage frames or tonnage openings throughout the vessel, thus saving in the use of aluminum. Part of the saved aluminum weight was used to beef up areas of high stress.

The savings in weight and the improvement in hull form have resulted in the high speed and heavy deck load (540 lbs./sq. ft.). As far as cost, because of the simplicity of the design, there are substantial savings in construction man hours and material.

In developing this innovative design, Suda pushed the envelope on various applicable rules of U.S. Coast Guard. The design was new, innovative and based on sound engineering and provided equal or greater level of safety and strength than required ABS and U.S. Coast Guard rules.

Bigger and Faster

The 160' vessel, powered by four (4) CAT engines at 1,575 HP each, reached speeds of over 28 knots with 100 Long Tons of liquid cargo in recent sea trials. The cargo deck offers 40% more deck space than other vessels this size and can carry about 38% more Short Tons than competing vessels. Cargo weight per square foot is 540 lbs. The vessel design provides what we believe is unprecedented flexibility in loading. The entire deadweight of 290 Short Tons can be carried on the deck. Passenger seating totals 81 passengers and there is still comfortable berthing for 10 crewmen.

  • Length Overall
  • Length BP
  • Breadth
  • Depth
  • Draft (approx.)
  • Certification
  • Speed Light Load (approx.)

ABS Loadline, USCG Subchapter T
29 Knots +
  • Main Engines
  • Gear Boxes
  • Generators
  • Bow Thruster

(4) CAT3512 DITA 1,575 HP
(2) CAT 3304 105 Kw
CAPACITIES (Approximate)
  • Deck Cargo
  • Cargo Deck Length
  • Berthing
  • Seating
  • Ballast
  • Fuel Oil

290 Short (US)
Tons 100'x28'

10 Passengers
81 Passengers
67,000 U.S. Gallons
24,000 U.S. Gallons
  • Fresh Water
  • Lube Oil
  • Dirty Oil
  • Oily Water
  • Sewage
  • Graywater

1,700 U.S. Gallons
550 U.S. Gallons
550 U.S. Gallons
1,100 U.S. Gallons
1,100 U.S. Gallons
2,400 U.S. Gallons

For further information regarding this design please contact:

A. K. Suda, Inc.
Naval Architects Marine Engineers

4836 Wabash Street, Suite 200 Metairie, LA 70001
Phone: (504) 835-1500 Fax: (504) 831-1925
Email: info@aksuda.com