March 30, 2004
Bay State Cruises orders cat
Incat Designs--Sydney and Gladding Hearn Shipbuilding today announced they have received an order from Bay State Cruise Company (BSC) of Boston Mass., to design and build a 30 m catamaran for service on its Boston to Provincetown run.
The new cat will be the 29th built at Gladding Hearn's Somerset, Mass., shipyard under the license it has held from Incat Designs--Sydney since 1987.
BSC has been operating the Provincetown Express service since 1998, using another ICDS/GH vessel, Friendship IV. This new vessel, likely to be named Provincetown III, will replace Friendship IV on the 55 nautical mile run between Boston and Provincetown.
Incat Designs--Sydney's newly appointed General Manager, Ben Hercus said, "This contract shows the importance of building a sound, good quality vessel. Friendship IV is now approaching 10 years in service and it is this vessel's sound construction and reliable service that has led the customer to the same design and construction team."
Following the success of Friendship IV, the new vessel will provide a more comfortable level of service on the run allowing BSC to compete with larger rivals while maintaining the more personal service they have been offering on the current Provincetown Express service.
The new vessel will have a service speed of approximately 30 knots while carrying 149 passengers. It will be powered by twin Cummins KTA 38-M2 diesels developing 1,350 HP at 1,950rpm and driving two 5 bladed fixed pitch propellers through ZF reduction gearboxes.
The vessel will feature Incat Designs--Sydney's second generation S-Bow configuration, providing increased performance in both speed and ride quality, while the floating superstructure will provide much reduced levels of noise and vibration in the passenger spaces