Incat Crowther Designs Another Fast Cat Ferry

Monday, August 23, 2010
Photo courtesy Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther announced a contract to design a third 121.3-ft Catamaran Passenger Ferry for
Coastal Fast Ferries in Tanzania, Africa. To be built by Richardson Devine Marine (RDM), Kilimanjaro III will build on the experienced gained in the operation of sisterships Kilimanjaro I and Kilimanjaro II, previously designed by Incat Crowther for Coastal Fast Ferries.

Kilimanjaro I and II are significantly larger vessels than any fast ferries that have been deployed on the Zanzibar – Dar Es Salaam route, yet the vessels are nearly always running at full capacity. Needless to say, the operator is extremely happy with the success of these vessels, and has been working with Incat Crowther and RDM to develop a vessel that can take further advantage of the operation’s revenue-making potential.

Kilimanjaro III’s two significant enhancements are its increased passenger capacity and new generation hull form, which offers increased efficiency and improved seakeaping. The result is a vessel that will carry more passengers at less cost per-passenger to the operator.

As well as supplementing the operational capacity on the Zanzibar - Dar Es Salaam run at a higher service speed, Coastal Fast Ferries plan to use the vessel to expand their operation by extending the route to the island of Pemba. Kilimanjaro III is specifically suited for this added offshore work.

Taking advantage of its increased beam, Kilimanjaro III will carry 558 passengers in a mix of seating levels and styles. The main deck passenger deck features 249 economy class seats, with those nearest the aft kiosk equipped with tables. The aft end of the main deck has been reconfigured with a larger luggage room, located directly adjacent to the side crew ramps to speed up turn around.

The upper deck has outdoor seats for 107 passengers. Amidships there is a first class cabin with 74 seats. The sundeck has seats for a further 60 passengers. Kilimanjaro III will be powered by a pair of Cummins KTA50 engines, each producing 1340kW, and will have a service speed of 30 knots.

Incat Crowther is pleased to continue its relationship with Coastal Fast Ferries and believe the growth in business is a result of the company’s attention to client service and adding value to the client’s operation.

Length, o.a.    125 ft
Length, w.l.    122.5 ft
Beam, o.a.    34.5 ft
Draft, hull    3.7 ft
Draft, prop    5.11 ft
Depth    12 ft
Construction    Marine grade aluminum

Fuel oil    1,585 gal
Fresh water    330 gal
Sullage    330 gal
Passengers    558

Propulsion & performance:
Speed    29 knots
Main engines    2x Cummins KTA50
Power    2x 1340kW @ 1900rpm
Propulsion    2x Propeller
Generators    2x Cummins, 170kVA, 50 Hz
1 x Cummins, 17kVA, 50 Hz

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