Incat Crowther Launches 24m Catamaran RO-PAX Ferry
Incat Crowther announced the launch of the 24m Catamaran Ro-Pax Ferry, Runö. The vessel was recently launched by Baltic Workboats in Estonia and successfully completed sea trials.
Runö is the second Incat Crowther-designed vessel to be built by Baltic Workboats, after Vėjūnas, a 24m Catamaran Scientific Research Vessel. Runö will be operated in the Gulf of Riga, Estonia, between the mainland port of Parnu and the islands of Runhu and Saaremaa. Incat Crowther worked closely with Baltic workboats to secure the build contract for Runö, offering a vessel based on Vėjūnas, including some refinements that included the extensive use of pre-fabricated extruded panels.
In addition to passengers, Runö features a small cargo deck aft that can carry two passenger vehicles (up to 6.5m), a mini-van or deck cargo. These are loaded onto the vessel either over the hydraulically-operated stern visor. An 8t-m Guerra M 75.90A1 Deck Crane handles the loading and unloading of mixed freight. Side passenger gates forward of the aft deck lead passengers directly to the cabin, which features 60 seats. Passenger toilets are located on a central corridor, and there is a small bar to port. Large luggage racks in this corridor allow passenger to place their bags upon boarding, streamlining the process. To starboard is a crew accommodation space, featuring a mess, dedicated crew bathroom and bunk beds. There is also a large storeroom.
Upstairs, the wheelhouse features a guest lounge and navigation table. Good all-round visibility from the helm seat ensures safe berthing operations. Runö is powered by a pair of Volvo D16MH R2 main engines, each producing 751hp. It will have a cruise speed of 22 knots and achieved a top speed on trials of 24.7 knots. Strengthened structure and associated foundations have been included to allow 4-point lifting of the vessel for transportation and dry docking. Incat Crowther is proud of the support offered to Baltic Workboats that allowed them to efficiently construct a competitive vessel.