Bury Design Studio in Australia has been commissioned to design an ocean-going mothership capable of carrying and launching a 2 man submersible anywhere in the world.
Behind the commission is summarise builder Triton Submarines located in Florida,
Their submarine weighs 4000 kg, has a ten hour battery-powered underwater exploration capability and is capable of taking two people down to depths of 1000 m to view the wonders of the deep through its clear acrylic spherical dome.
The Bury 95 is a 28.95 m mothership, with a narrow 4.5 m beam. It is designed to have a 5000 nm rage at 12.5 knots achieved using twin John Deere type 6068AFM 6-cylinder marine diesel engines with a continuous rating of 231 hp (170 kW) driving a single shaft CP propeller through V-drive reduction gearing.
This configuration gives the benefits of single operation at cruise speed, twin engine coupling for the 14.5 kt maximum, and the redundancy option is there as well.
A diesel-electric propulsion system is also available, but the conventional design allows for two 16 kW and 20 kW auxiliary diesel generators by Northern Lights.
Hull construction is specified to be of COR-TEN steel plate with extensive longitudinal framing beneath a marine-grade aluminium superstructure, adding up to a light displacement of only 49.6 tons.
A Seakeeper M2100 stabilisation system is incorporated into the design for additional on-board comfort in rough weather.
The Triton 3000/2 is to be stowed inside a separate compartment aft of the machinery area, accessible through large deck hatches as well as through personnel hatches fore and aft. Twin rotating, hydraulically controlled crane-like arms lift it in a cradle both for launching and again for retrieval.