Chinese yard completes two Incat Crowther catamaran ferries

JUNE 12, 2012 —Two 35 m Incat Crowther designed catamaran passenger ferries, Hai Ju and Hai Yao, built by Afai Southern Shipyard in China.  have been commissioned by Zhuhai High Speed Ferry Co.

The vessels accommodate 198 passengers, all seated on the main deck in comfortable reclining seats. A large bar is situated amidships, serving beverages and snacks as well as offering a tourist information service.

A pair of VIP rooms is located at the aft end of the main passenger cabin, each offering six business class seats with a small table. A large crew accommodation space is located aft, adjacent to the passenger amenities. This area features a pantry, electrical rooms and a bunk room for sixcrew members.

The vessels are powered by MTU 16V2000 M70 main engines, each producing 1,050 kW.

Hai Ju and Hai Yao have both completed sea trials. The vessels comfortably achieved their loaded service speed of 28 knots.

Of over 340 vessels built worldwide to Incat Crowther designs, over 20 have been constructed in Chinese shipyards. Afai Southern recently delivered a pair of 34 m catamaran ferries, Xun Long 5 and Xun Long 6. In addition, a pair of 36 m monohull crewboats are under construction at Cheoy Lee's facility in Doumen, South China.

Incat Crowther says its relationship with Chinese shipyards such as AFAI and Cheoy Lee opens up new opportunities for operators worldwide to source high quality Chinese built vessels, whilst giving operators in China access to Incat Crowther's product range.

Length Overall:     34.9 m
Length Waterline:     33.0 m
Beam:     9.0 m
Depth:     3.5 m
Passengers:     198
Crew:     9
Fuel:     5 000 liters
Fresh Water:     1 000 liters
Sullage:     1 000 liters
Service Speed:     28 knots
Maximum Speed:     29 knots
Main Engines:     2 x MTU 16V2000 M70
Installed Power:     2 x 1,050 kW @2100rpm
Gearboxes:     2 x ZF 4650
Propulsion:     2 x Propellers
Generators:     2 x Cummins CCFJ-&%JYA, 75kW, 50Hz
Construction Material:     Marine Grade Aluminum
Flag:     China MSA
Class:     CCS CSAD Catamaran HSC, Passenger AS, Coastal Service Restrictionnc.