Incat Crowther to Design Quicksilver 6 Passenger Ferry

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Image courtesy Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther has secured a contract to design a 138-ft Wave Piercing Catamaran Ferry for Quicksilver Bali. The Indonesian operator runs day tours and dinner cruises out of Bali, using the Incat Crowther-designed Wave Piercing Catamaran Quicksilver 6. 

Under construction at PT Caputra Mitra Sejati Shipyard, the vessel will be built to Lloyd’s Register and carry 450 passengers in two salons and on three outdoor decks. In addition to passengers, the vessel will carry up to 50 crew, many of whom work at the operator’s pontoon at Nusa Penida Island. At this pontoon, the operator offers activities including snorkelling, semi-submersible scuba, jet skiing and even tattooing. The vessel is configured to not only transport this small army of support staff to the pontoon, but also to allow meetings and briefings onboard during the outbound voyage.
 
Incat Crowther worked in close collaboration with Quicksilver Bali to develop a vessel optimized for the service being offered. Many features have been implemented to increase passenger comfort, such as window washing platforms on both decks. Safety demonstrations and live music shows performed on the main deck are relayed throughout the vessel via the integrated AV system.
 
The main deck interior cabin features seats for 268 passengers, and has a large bar at the aft end. Adjacent to the bar is a dual-entry cool room, which allows for quick loading of supplies, and immediate access from the bar. Behind the bar and cool room are extensive amenities. A total of 15 toilets are fitted, in ladies and gents rooms.
 
The mid deck cabin seats 168 passengers, with a small servery aft. The servery is linked to the main deck bar via a dumb waiter. The aft mid deck has 42 exterior seats. Stairs lead from this deck to a large sundeck, with 50 outdoor seats and ample standing room.
 
The vessel will have multiple boarding points to allow quick embarkation and disembarkation. Large aft quarter decks are provided for transfer of passengers to the pontoon. These load into broad stairs that link to the main deck boarding area. Large passageways and stairs are provided to the main deck cabin and the mid deck. There are also passenger loading gates on the mid deck. At the aft end of the main deck is an area reserved for luggage trolleys and supplies for the pontoon. These are loaded by a pair of davits outboard allowing loading and unloading on both sides.
 
The design of the vessel pays particular attention to adequate access for maintenance of machinery and to the fast and easy removal of engines for major overhauls. The vessel is fully compliant with IMO HSC stability regulations, providing a level of safety exceeding regulations for domestic use.
 
The vessel will be powered by four Caterpillar C32 Acert C engines, each producing 1080kW. Propulsion is carried to KaMeWa 50A3 waterjets via ZF3050/D gearboxes and cardan shafts. The vessel will have a service speed of 26 knots and a top speed of 30 knots. Extensive long-range fuel tanks will be fitted, giving the vessel a delivery range of 800 nm.
 
As the pioneer of the Wave Piercing Catamaran, Incat Crowther is pleased to be working with Quicksilver Bali to evolve this technology, creating a modern state-of-the-art vessel.
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