June 6, 2007
Incat Crowther designs overnighter
Australia's Incat Crowther is to design a 46 m catamaran overnight small ship for New Zealand operator, Kings Dolphin Cruises & Eco Tours.
The vessel will carry 68 passengers in 30 cabins .
The main and mid decks contain a mix of two- and four-berth staterooms each with its own ensuite facilities. Features include queen size beds, climate controlled air conditioning and large windows offering panoramic viewing.
A large aft deck provides access to an adjustable water level boarding platform for accessing and storing water craft and providing water access for swimming and snorkeling.
The upper deck contains the main recreational spaces with lounge, dining, bar and galley facilities. The area can be converted into a conference space for corporate meetings. Forward is a fully independent wheel house with an open positioned above with sun beds and deckchairs.
The vessel will provide excellent viewing positions on all decks allowing passengers to take in the impressive scenery that the Bay of Islands coastline has to offer.
The vessel will have a total crew complement of eight. Two four-berth crew cabins will be positioned in each hull with a crew mess on one side and lounge in the other.
A state of the art diesel electric propulsion and power generation system is part of the design brief. It is hoped this vessel will be able to reduce carbon emissions by up to 60 percent over more conventional powering sources
Service speed will be 12 knots
The vessel will be built within 18 months and is scheduled to be ready for service in the winter of 2009, ready for the summer season.
Kings Dolphin Cruises parent company, InterCity Group, provide New Zealand's largest scheduled national tourism and transport infrastructure which includes InterCity and Newmans Coach Lines, a wide range of backpacker transport products as well as Kings Dolphin Cruises and Eco Tours. InterCity Group Limited transports about 1.5 million passengers nationwide each year, including 500,000 international visitors to New Zealand, and operates more than 140 daily services to more than 600 cities, towns and communities across New Zealand.