Rodriquez Cantieri Navali do Brasil SpA, the Brazilian yard of the Rodriquez Group, on June 13 launched the first of seven double ended catamarans under construction for Barcas SA in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. This catamaran will operate on the Rio de Janeiro – Niteroi route. The vessel is completely made in aluminum and has a maximum capacity of 1,200 passengers, with 900 seated and 300 standing. The catamaran is equipped with twin pod type propulsors with two variable pitch propellers with 360° rotation to maximize maneuverability and at the same time reach a speed of 18 knots, suitable for the three mile route. The catamaran is scheduled for delivery in July. Rodriquez Cantieri Navali do Brasil was founded in Rio de Janeiro by Rodriquez Cantieri Navali after the signing of a contract for the construction of ten aluminum catamarans with Barcas SA. This contract stipulated that the construction be in Brasil and hence this new yard was established in Niteroi and opened in August 2003. There are ten catamarans under construction, three CityCat 29’s (29 meter LOA, 25 knots and 230 passengers) and seven CityCat 52DE’s as described above.
Lead Mead Cruises (LMC) of Boulder City, Nev., operates a fleet of four vessels - a number that will increase to five in spring 2001 when LMC takes delivery of a 57 x 17-ft. catamaran currently under construction at Kvichak Marine. The catamaran is designed by Morrelli & Melvin and will cruise 65 miles up Lake Mead and the Colorado River to the edge of the Grand Canyon. "We really wanted a catamaran to operate on this run," said Rob Fair of LMC
Allen Marine, Sitka, Alaska, is set to build a 78 ft. (23.7 m) aluminum catamaran ordered by Allen Marine Tours. Equipped with four Lugger diesel propulsion engines, each coupled to a Hamilton waterjet, the low wake vessel will be capable of speeds of more than 30 knots. The vessel, which will be used within Alaska's tourism industry will be the 11th 78 ft. (23.7 m) catamaran built for the company by Allen Marine.
Venturer 44, the flagship offering by Venturer Catamarans of Australia, is offered with engine options from twin 170 hp with shaft drives to twin 300 hp with waterjets. The symmetric hulls have been designed to allow a stable, comfortable and efficient ride. Ample cockpit and side decks combined with convenient access to the flybridge make Venturer 44 safe and easily manageable by two people. An optional fully-enclosed flybridge and lower helm station lends flexibility to the layout.
The Virgin Island Department of Planning and Natural Resources/Police has placed in active service its first aluminum catamaran, manufactured using patented-protected technology, by Mission Marine, Ltd., in Sandusky, Ohio. The boat is based at the DPNR/Police facility in St. Thomas. The Mission 338 (29’7” x 11’5”) has the capability for extended offshore patrol and is a multi-agency craft that serves a variety of missions including DPNR, Police/Law Enforcement, Fisheries, SAR
Incat Crowther will design a 24m Catamaran Work Boat for Offshore Unlimited, which is to be built at the new Richardson Devine Marine facility in Hobart, Tasmania. The design will be based on Incat Crowther's recent successes in catamaran work boat design. The vessel will be a 24 m high speed catamaran work boat capable of carrying 50 tons of deadweight with a service speed of 26 knots. The main deck, which will have a carrying capacity of 24 tons
SHC Wavedancer, with a new patents pending design, is capable of transforming from a high speed catamaran to a semi-submersible platform. The desingers believe that this innovation has enormous global potential for use in the offshore energy markets, such as platform personnel transfers and wind farm maintenance, offshore survey, inspection and installation works. The patents pending Submersible Hull Vessel (SHV) concept is owned by OSSeas Ltd and is the only vessel which can change its
A new sub-surface viewing craft, the MSV Explorer, designed by Chris Garner and built under licence by GRP Laminates, has won the Seawork 2011 Award for Innovation, in the category of Diving & Underwater Technology. The vessel was launched at last week’s show, together with a purpose-designed 13-meter launch and recovery catamaran, the SP02. Because of his passion for the marine environment, Garner designed the catamaran to assist in the rescue of stranded whales and dolphins
BMT Nigel Gee Ltd, a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, celebrates 25 years of innovative vessel design this year. Established as Nigel Gee and Associates Ltd in June 1986, by Nigel Gee and John Bonafoux, the company is recognized as one of the world’s leading naval architecture and marine design consultancies. The company has designed numerous high speed passenger catamaran ferries, including the world’s fastest passenger ferry and expanding into the yacht
According to a June 24 report from Honoluluadvertiser.com, Hawaii Superferry has asked to abandon its two high-speed catamarans to creditors because of the significant cost of maintaining the vessels as the company moves through bankruptcy. MARAD, which guaranteed construction loans for the catamarans; Austal USA, the Alabama shipbuilder that built the vessels; and the state of Hawaii, which provided harbor improvements, are secured creditors with mortgage rights
Incat Crowther announce the launch of the 'Elizabeth Cook', a 24m catamaran passenger ferry built by Richardson Devine Marine, designed to operate in Sydney Harbour, Australia for Captain Cook Cruises, a subsidiary of Sealink Marine. Incat Crowther say thay they worked closely with Sealink to
Specialist seabed mapping company Osiris Projects has this week launched the fifth vessel in their fleet, the 14m GRP catamaran MV Proteus. Designed to provide an excellent working platform for coastal survey operations, MV Proteus can work up to 60 miles from a safe haven under MCA Category 2 and
An Ocean Signal rescueME PLB1 was key to saving the lives of two people after a dramatic rescue in the Atlantic Ocean. Sandy Williamson and his crew, Corey, activated their Ocean Signal personal locator beacon when their 22-foot yellow catamaran started taking on water about 20 nautical miles
Swedish Adveto has through its distributor Westronic in Bergen secured an order consisting of software and ECDIS-kernel upgrade and new continuous 36 month support for 26 High Speed Crafts (HSC) passenger catamarans. The customer is Norled, the HSC operator in Norway.
The U.S. Coast Guard towed a disabled catamaran with one person aboard Tuesday after the boat lost steering approximately six miles offshore from Cape May Inlet. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Cape May received a mayday call from the captain of the 44-foot Empire State reporting the boat
New Zealand waterjet manufacturer HamiltonJet said four of its HT900 waterjets were selected for IncatCrowther’s latest project - a first-of-type 70m Catamaran Fast Crewboat for operations in the Caspian Sea oil industry in Azerbaijan.
Incat Crowther launched Maehaad, a 453 passenger 32m Catamaran Ferry constructed by Dolphin Chumphon Marine in Thailand. Maehaad is the sixth vessel designed by Incat Crowther for Lomprayah High Speed Ferries, and follows on from the 29m catamaran ferries Thongslah and Koh Prab
Incat Crowther announce the launch of 'Maehaad', a 453 passenger 32m Catamaran Ferry constructed by Dolphin Chumphon Marine in Thailand for operators Lomprayah. Maehaad is the sixth vessel designed by Incat Crowther for Lomprayah High Speed Ferries
As with most island nations, New Zealand is heavily dependent on ferries. By this time next year, there will be a new ferry added to the Auckland-based Fullers Group fleet. Currently being constructed at Q-West Boat Builders Ltd. on the Wanganui River
Finnish survey company FCG (Finnish Consulting Group) Ltd. has placed an order for a new GRP survey boat from Blyth Workcats Ltd of Canvey Island, U.K. The 14-meter catamaran will be known as the Nordic Sonar and it is now being built to meet the specialized needs of the FCG survey teams
Winners, ORACLE TEAM USA used CD-adapco CFD software STAR-CCM+ throughout the development process of their boat to refine the hydrodynamic and aerodynamic performance of their AC72 catamarans. Speeds in excess of 40 knots were achieved. Unlike previous contests
The first high speed VEKA Catamaran for the Offshore Wind Farm industry has been delivered to Royal Wagenborg. The new catamaran will supply remote wind farms in the North Sea with crew, equipment and supplies. Later this week VEKA say they will launch a second catamaran for its shakedown cruise
Incat Crowther announced a first of type 70m Catamaran Fast Crew Boat (FCB), compliant with IMO HSC code and complete with a crew transfer system consisting of dynamic positioning equipment class (DP2) coupled with a stabilized access platform
The Coast Guard and two good Samaritans rescued two men and recovered two men Monday after the 28-foot catamaran the four boaters were on capsized near Ocean City, Md. A good Samaritan aboard the Lori M contacted Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders at approximately 9 a.m
Wärtsilä's axial waterjets power the Francisco, claimed to be the world's fastest high-speed ferry and the first fast ferry to utilize liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel. The vessel has successfully passed its sea trials and is now ready to commence commercial operations.