St. Johns Ship Building Develops New Landing Craft Design
Among the first ships in the United States to be powered by Cox Powertrain’s new 300 hp diesel outboards, it will likely be a new series of landing craft 87 feet long by 30 feet beam currently. under development by St. Johns Ship Building, Palatka, Florida.
The Cox Powertrain CXO 300 diesel outboard successfully achieved EPA Level 3 approval for commercial and recreational applications earlier this year.
“When diesel outboards entered the market as commercially viable, we saw an opportunity to use them to create a simplistic vessel that meets customer needs at a more economical cost than traditional landing craft,” said said Steven Ganoe, President / CEO of Shipbuilders,
The new landing craft will be powered by four of the Cox engines, with a combined total power of 1,200 hp. Maneuverability will be enhanced by a 35 HP bow thruster. The vessel’s electrical needs will be met by two 39 kW Northern Lights generator sets.
With a service speed of 10 knots, the landing craft will have a free working deck area of 2,150 square feet and a maximum deck load of 400 pounds per square foot. Capable of carrying a maximum cargo of 200,000 pounds on deck, it will be fitted with a hydraulic bow ramp of 14 feet by 13 feet.