Incat Crowther Launches 45m Cat for AZAM

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

October 14, 2019

Photo: Incat Crowther

Photo: Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther has announced the launch of Kilimanjaro VII, a 45m catamaran passenger ferry for Azam
Marine of Tanzania, Africa. This vessel is the tenth vessel designed by Incat Crowther for the operator, and the
seventh vessel built for the operator by Richardson Devine Marine.

The 500-passenger, 35 knot vessel features the operator’s trademark parallel boarding system, whereby five
ramps per side load passenger and cargo in segregated flows. VIP and Royal Class passengers board into a
discreet stair tower directly to the upper deck cabin, whilst economy passengers load separately aft and
midships. The fifth ramp is dedicated to luggage trolley movements. The boarding system ensures passenger
classes and luggage trolleys are segregated, reducing turnaround time and improving safety, whilst promoting
exclusivity for the higher yield passengers.

The vessel seats 224 passengers in its main deck economy cabin, 72 VIP passengers and 18 Royal Class
passengers in full lie flat seats on the mid deck, with the remainder being economy passengers in separate areas
over three decks. A major enhancement from earlier vessels is the relocation of the wheelhouse to the third
deck. This configuration results in panoramic windows forward on the mid deck, creating a class-leading
experience for occupants of this high-revenue space.

The luggage room houses up to 10 tonnes of luggage and cargo, whilst IMO HSC code-compliant stability
enhances her safety credentials.

Kilimanjaro VII is the first fast passenger vessel to use a pair of Cummins QSK95-M main engines, although Incat
Crowther is familiar with this model, having utilized them in recent offshore deliveries. In this specific project,
the large twin engine solution is an effective way of providing more speed whilst avoiding the through-life cost
and complexity of a four-engine power train. Engine room accessibility is improved over a four-engine
arrangement, and maintenance and operational requirements are reduced. Additional dividends are realized
in the routing and a reduction in the duplicity of systems.

Kilimanjaro VII excelled in sea trials, operating at a fully loaded speed of 30 knots at low proportion of MCR to
offer very long engine life. She has a top speed in excess of 37 knots and has proven extremely smooth and
quiet.

This latest design further demonstrates the deep operational understanding Incat Crowther shares with its
clients. Part of Azam Marine’s enormous success has been based on the vessels being fuel efficient, reliable and
simple to maintain, a crucial trait in Africa.

Specifications - Incat Crowther 45                                                                                                                                     

Principal Dimensions

Length Overall 148’ / 45.1m
Length Waterline 140’ 9” / 42.9m
Beam Overall 37’ 9” / 11.5m
Draft (hull) 5’ / 1.5m
Depth 14’ / 4.25m
Construction Marine grade aluminium

Capacities


Fuel Oil 4914 gallons / 18 600 liters
Fuel Oil (Day tanks) 1057 gallons / 4 000 liters
Fresh Water 528 gallons / 2 000 liters
Sullage 793 gallons / 3 000 liters
Passengers 477
Crew 8

Propulsion and Performance 

Speed (Service) 30 knots
Speed (Max) 37 knots
Main Engines 2 x Cummins QSK95-M
Power 2 x 2684kW @ 1700rpm
Propulsion 2 x KaMeWa 80-S4 Waterjets
Generators 2 x Cummins 6-CP 136DM/5

Regulatory 

Flag Tanzania
Class / Survey DNV-GL / NSCV 1C

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