COMMERCIAL NEWS - Cocos cat hits the water
Incat Crowther announces the launch of 26m catamaran <I>Cat Cocos Isle of La Digue</I>
Incat Crowther has announced the launched of the 26m catamaran Cat Cocos Isle of La Digue at Richardson Devine Marine, Hobart.
The ferry has successfully completed seas trials, where Incat Crowther said the efficiency of its hull form exceeded fuel-consumption predictions.
The 26m, 227-passenger craft is the third Incat Crowther-designed vessel for the operator, and was designed with the specific goal of reduced capital expenditure and operating costs.
The main passenger deck has 163 passengers in mostly forward-facing seats, with tables located in booth arrangements for those seats near to the bar aft. There is a forward door with access to the foredeck, which features bench seats for passengers.
There are three toilets aft, as well as a large luggage room immediately adjacent to a crew gate, allowing quick and easy loading.
An external stair aft leads to the upper deck where there are 48 outdoor seats and an upper deck cabin featuring 16 first class seats. This cabin also houses a mini-bar.
The vessel is powered by two MTU 12V2000 M70. Each of these engines produces 1055hp at 2100rpm.
Propulsion is via ZF gearboxes through to two five-bladed propellers. While the ferry reached a top speed in excess of 30kts during recent sea trials, its fully loaded operational speed of 26kts is achieved at only 70 per cent
MCR resulting in an extremely fuel-efficient solution to the client’s operational demands, Incat Crowther said.
Incat Crowther 26m catamaran passenger ferry
Material: Marine-grade aluminium
Length overall: 26.6m
Waterline length: 24.9m
Fuel: 6000lt (main tanks); 2000lt (day tanks)
Holding tank: 500lt
Engine: 2 x MTU 12V2000 M70
Props: 2 x five-blade
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