Following the recent release of its SHADOWLARK Launch and Recovery Craft (LARC) for personal submersibles, SHADOWCAT today announced a new commercial LARC concept, SHADOWLARK Pro, designed for the luxury tourism industry. SHADOWCAT, an award-winning developer of support yachts, and Triton Submarines, the foremost designer and manufacturer of civilian submersibles, developed SHADOWLARK Pro alongside Tillberg Design of Sweden (TDoS), a leading design company for luxury yachts and cruise ships. Australia-based Incat Crowther, the exclusive partner for SHADOWCAT, has provided SHADOWLARK Pro’s naval architecture and marine engineering plans.
The 50M SHADOWLARK Pro builds upon the existing innovative SHADOWLARK platform, but expands it for commercial operations to accommodate a larger submarine – the Triton DeepView, a modular tourist sub that offers incremental capacities from 12 up to 66 guests – or multiple submersibles. With a 14-metre beam, and a draft of 2 metres, SHADOWLARK Pro also offers greater capacity for up to 10 crew. Its generous size also offers stowage over three decks for dedicated reception and post-dive lounges, stowage for large transport tenders and dive boat, space for dive and jet-ski centers and water toy storage, and more.
Rendering: Tillberg Design of Sweden
“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 realized 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 aboard the cruise vessel itself,” said Daniel Nerhagen, partner of TDoS. “Relocating assets, like a helicopters or Zodiak boats, to a SHADOWLARK Pro, reclaims space and eliminates the need for a certified helipad aboard the mother ship and allows for independent operations. It could dramatically reduce expenditure, on both initial capex and integration, for onboard assets on multiple vessels, salaries and maintenance over the lifespan of the operation. The benefits of this solution are easily apparent.”
“Our initial focus was on aiding cruise operators in increasing guest satisfaction in terms of guest throughput for submersible experiences,” explains Bruce Jones, CEO of Triton Submarines. “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 onboard 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.”
Rendering: Tillberg Design of Sweden
Triton Submarines are built with the industry’s clearest acrylic pressure hulls; nearly 360-degree views; and ergonomic, beautiful 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 SHADOWCAT line of bespoke support yachts was developed and designed by renowned naval architect and catamaran design expert Incat Crowther, of Sydney, Australia and yacht industry authority YCTS, Ltd. Established in 2018, the working partnership has successfully completed two bespoke SHADOWCAT vessels, the award-winning 66-metre Hodor and 68-metre Wayfinder. These vessels are products of respected Spanish shipyard Astilleros ArmoÌÂn, with a third in the series due for launch by summer 2022.
About Tillberg Design of Sweden
Tillberg Design of Sweden (TDoS) has long been one of the major players in cruising design, since founder Robert Tillberg made the ocean liner and cruiser KUNGSHOLM a showcase of bespoke Scandinavian style in 1964. Today TDoS specializes in design concepts for cruise ships and yachts, while also providing graphic design and branding for a variety of clientele. Lightness and luminosity of spaces is a trademark of TDoS, all in all with a purposeful Scandinavian design that is firmly grounded in history, and with a future-proof timelessness.
About Incat Crowther
Incat Crowther is a diversified marine design business with offices in Sydney, Australia, Lafayette, Louisiana, USA and Romsey, United Kingdom. The company has a 40-year history with over 600 vessels in service to its designs. The company has a diverse product portfolio, including monohull, catamaran and trimaran hullforms with composite, aluminium and steel construction for a range of sectors, including commercial, recreational, military and passenger.
About Triton Submarines, LLC
Triton Submarines of Sebastian, Florida, is the most experienced civil submarine producer in the world today – and the only contemporary manufacturer of acrylic and titanium pressure-hull-equipped personal submarines to deliver multiple classed and certified vessels with rated diving depths as shallow as 200 meters to depths as great as 11,000 meters. Triton Submarines’ senior staff have over 400 years of combined experience with more than 100 different submersibles, and their operations team members have together logged over 35,000 dives. Triton clients also enjoy superlative after-sales service and technical support from a company dedicated to their total satisfaction.
Triton Submarines, through its delivered 36000/2 model and contribution to the Five Deeps Expedition, engaged in record-breaking dives to the deepest point of the world’s five oceans with the first submersible ever certified for Full Ocean Depth operation.