March 30, 2010
Catamaran caters for beach lovers
Delivered by Aluminium Marine, Queensland, Australia, Freedom Monarch is a 29 m Incat Crowther catamaran built for operation by Freedom Fast Cats on its Keppel Islands services.
Features include a beach landing capability. Using conventional shoreside 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. Servicing the islands, passengers can be transfered suvh as beaches using a foredeck-mounted ramp. This ramp is rotated manually and deploys with hydraulic assistance.
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 walk-around servery. At the forward end of the passenger space is a large luggage area, allowing passengers to stow and pick up their bags near the forward doors that lead to the bow ramp.
The main deck features a total of four toilets, one of which is accessible by passengers with disabilities.
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 2 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 Overall 29.00 m
Length Waterline 26.80 m
Beam (excluding sponsons) 8.50 m
Draft (Max) 1.65 m
Depth 3.60 m