Catamaran Ferry Delivered to Ultramar

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

July 31, 2018

  • (Photo: Incat Crowther)
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Mexican operator Ultramar has taken delivery of Ultramar II, the second in a series of new high capacity 48m catamaran passenger ferries.

Ultramar II was built by Midship Marine in Harvey, La. and is specifically designed for the operator’s busy Playa de Carmen – Cozumel run, offering high capacity, high durability and a world-class passenger experience.

According to designer Incat Crowther, the vessel’s fitout is yacht-like in keeping with Ultramar’s ‘Experience Innovation’ motto and includes aquarium-themed feature walls and glass pieces, decorative ceilings, multi-color underwater lighting, polished stainless-steel handrails, high-end entertainment system and more.

The main deck aft cabin seats 214 passengers and includes a dedicated child-friendly area as well as a refreshment bar. The forward end of the vessel’s main deck features a premium class area with 64 seats. The foredeck seats a further 50 passengers. Behind the main passenger cabin, the vessel is fitted with a large enclosed cargo area with roller doors and spacious restrooms.

The mid deck exterior is complete with seating for 203 passengers plus a full-service bar and a sizeable stage for musicians to entertain passengers. A majority of the exterior area is enclosed on sides and from above and is air conditioned by the vessel’s robust cooling system. An additional 52 premium class seats are housed inside the mid deck cabin.

The roof deck includes seating for 264 passengers seeking to enjoy the Caribbean sunshine.

Ultramar II is fitted with a pair of MTU 16V4000 63L main engines, each producing 3,000 bhp at 1,800rpm, the upgraded propulsion package offering additional speed and power over its sister, Ultramar.

Principal Dimensions
Length Overall: 160’ 2” / 48.8m
Length Waterline: 146’ 6” / 44.7m
Beam Overall: 36’ 2” / 11m
Draft (hull): 5’ 7” / 1.7m
Draft (prop): 7’ 1” / 2.15m
Depth: 13’ 2” / 4m
Construction: Marine grade aluminum

Fuel Oil (Day Tanks): 2,642 gallons / 10,000 liters
Fuel Oil (Long Range Tanks): 2,642 gallons / 10,000 liters
Fresh Water: 396 gallons / 1,500 liters
Sullage: 396 gallons / 1,500 liters
Passengers: 844
Crew: 8

Propulsion and Performance
Speed (Service): 26 knots
Speed (Max): 30 knots
Main Engines: 2 x MTU 16V4000 63L
Power: 2 x 3,004 bhp @ 1,800rpm
Propulsion: 2 x Propellers
Generators: 2 x Cummins 6C-CP

Flag: Mexico

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