Incat Crowther Launches Passenger Ferry
Incat Crowther is pleased to announce the launch of their latest 95.2-ft ferry, Freedom Monarch. Built by Aluminium Marine / Reefmaster Boats, Freedom Monarch will be operated out of Rosslyn Bay in Queensland, Australia, by Freedom Fast Cats, servicing the Keppel Islands. Freedom Monarch has delivered its owners low fuel consumption, a reliable and robust craft, high passenger comfort and innovative features such as its beach landing capability.When using shore-side facilities, the operator can load passengers through side boarding gates at both ends of the main deck as well as the aft end of the mid deck. When servicing the islands, the operator can call upon the foredeck-mounted ramp. This ramp is rotated manually and deploys with hydraulic assistance. The ramp allows the operator to transfer passengers direct to locations without shore side infrastructure.
Once on board the vessel, passengers have the choice of two interior decks and a sun deck. The main deck passenger cabin is a large, light and airy space featuring seating for 182 passengers in a mix of forward facing and booth configurations. At the aft end of the cabin is a kiosk and a walkaround servery. At the forward end of the passenger space is a vast luggage area, allowing passengers to stow and pick up their bags in close proximity to the fwd doors that led to the bow ramp. The main deck features a total of four toilets, one of which is accessible. On the mid deck, there are 30 external seats and 75 internal seats. Located forward of this is the wheelhouse, featuring excellent visibility over the bow, which aids beach landings and makes for safe loading over the bow. It also features external bridge wing stations for extra operational safety and flexibility during close quarter berthing. The sun deck is fitted with low benches that allow passenger access to the rails to take in the views.
Freedom Monarch is powered by two Yanmar 6AYM – GTE main engines and is propelled by fixed-pitch 5-bladed propellers. The vessel has ample space around the main engine for maintenance and ventilation in a hot climate, and utilizing Incat Crowther’s latest generation hull form, is an extremely efficient vessel.
Length, o.a. 95.2 ft
Length, waterline 87.9 ft
Beam, excluding sponsons 27.9 ft
Draft, max 5.4 ft
Depth 11.8 ft
Construction Marine grade aluminium
Fuel oil (main tanks) 1,795 gal
Fresh water 264 gal
Sullage 528 gal
Passengers (internal) 257
Passengers (external) 45
Max. deadweight 37 tonnes
Propulsion and performance:
Speed 25 knots
Main engines 2 x Yanmar 6AYM - GTE
Power 950hp / 670kW
Gensets 1 x Cummins (CMI) 4BT 40kVa, 1 x Cummins 6BT 80 kVa
Survey / Class NSCV 1D/ 1C