Ocean Eagle 43 delivered to CMN Cherbourg

The Ocean Eagle 43 is an innovative OPV (Offshore Patrol Vessel) that has been designed to offer a cost effective and reliable vessel for governments and research agencies to operate for extended periods at sea.

Developed from Nigel Irens Design’s experience with ocean racing multihulls and record-breaking power trimarans like the 21.3m (70ft) ILAN Voyager 21 and the 35m (113ft) Brigitte Bardot (ex-Cable & Wireless), the 43m (141ft) Ocean Eagle 43 trimaran will have a range of over 3,000 nautical miles and a top speed of 30 knots whilst burning around one-fifth of the fuel of an equivalent single hull OPV.

Built in lightweight composites and powered by four 500hp engines, the 75 tonne vessel can be operated by eight crew or less offering a much lower cost of ownership, both in build and operation, than an equivalent single-hull ship without compromising the operational performance and ability to carry out effective patrols.

Based on the performance data generated for the Ocean Eagle 43, Nigel Irens Design are now developing the next generation of vessels based on this platform for both recreational and commercial use.

The Ocean Eagle 43 project is a joint collaboration between Nigel Irens Design, ProLarge, SeaTeam Aviation and CMN shipyard, Cherbourg.