AUGUST 29, 2016 — Incat Crowther has designed a new 36 m monohull tour vessel to play a double role. Set for delivery to Mary D. Cruises of New Caledonia later this year by shipbuilder Strategic Marine, the new vessel can carry up to 196 passengers and will replace an existing vessel but also have an expanded operational role.
As well as operating on an existing route to the tourist destination Amedee Island it will also offer evening dinner cruises.
The main deck has been arranged to support the transit operation by day and the dinner cruises in the evening. The deck features 108 passenger seats primarily in booth seating with tables, an outdoor servery with chilled food storage and food display area.
A bar and a dance floor for the evening's entertainment are arranged so that by day the dance floor converts to a baggage store with the upper deck seating an additional 88 passengers for outdoor under cover viewing.
Additional operational features include a dedicated garbage storage and removal system and fold out landing ramps compatible with the operator's existing infrastructure. The vessel is also fitted with cargo fuel and water tanks as it doubles as the supply vessel for Amedee Island.
The vessel is powered by two MTU 16V2000 M61 main engines with a rating of 800 kW for a service speed of 20 knots. Electrical power is supplied by multiple Caterpillar C4.4 generators for redundancy, fitted in sound proofing enclosures.
The vessel will be classed by BV and comply with French flag rules.