MARCH 26, 2013 – The latest 112 m wave piercing catamaran from shipbuilder Incat Tasmania, KatExpress 2, is on its 12,500 mile delivery voyage from Hobart, via the Panama Canal, to Denmark. It has been built for Mols Linien which provides high speed car ferry links between Eastern and Western Denmark.
KatExpress 2 is the fourth 112 m wave piercer to be built by Incat and can carry up to 1,000 persons and 415 cars (or 210 cars and 567 truck lane meters).
Characterized by high payload capability, slender hull lines, wide beam and the absence of drag inducing underwater appendages, KatExpress 2 achieved a speed of 42.1 knots at 671.5 tonnes deadweight during sea trials.
In early May 2013 KatExpress 2 will enter commercial service on the 39 nautical mile Danish domestic route between Aarhus and Odden alongside her Incat built sistership, KatExpress 1 which entered service in May 2012. The two vessels are scheduled to operate at 37-38 knots with fast 20-30 minute turnarounds. Each vessel will operate eight crossings per day and steam up to 109,000 nautical miles per year. Max Mols, an Incat 91 m, delivered to Denmark in 1998 will be transferred to the Ebeltoft to Odden route operating between 4 and 8 sailings per day.
Mols Linien CEO, Soren Jespersen commented: "In 2011 we concluded a strategic business review which redefined our tonnage strategy to a focus on solely operating high speed car passenger ferry services. The entry into service of the 112 m KatExpress 1 in May 2012 has directly resulted in a year on year traffic increase of 8.2 percent to 751,635 cars, a 28 percent reduction in fuel consumption, a 33 percent reduction in CO2 emissions, significantly lower operating costs per car carried, higher revenue per sailing and most importantly, a second half operating profit of DKK21 million before depreciation and amortization.
"I am am very pleased to have taken delivery of our second 112 metre, KatExpress 2, it offers a fantastic on board experience tailored to our client base, it continues our business transformation, expands our route capacity by 65 percent and it will ensure good full year profitability for Mols Linien in 2013."
For KatExpress 2 Mols Linien specified a modern, high quality yet functional dual class interior that maximized comfort and on board revenue. Features include a business class with luxury leather seating and panoramic views, a bistro restaurant, a large Baresso café bar outlet, two cinemas, a children' s play area, a protected promenade deck and a large outdoor aft deck.
Access to the passenger lounges is through a passenger elevator, ramps or stairwells, all designed to minimize embarkation and disembarkation times.
The main vehicle deck has hydraulically operated stern gates. The upper car deck can be accessed by either a two lane ramp on the main deck or from innovative dual tier shore ramps already installed by Mols Linien in Odden port.
Incat Chairman, Robert Clifford commented: "I am delighted that Mols Linien has chosen to operate a fleet that is entirely comprised of Incat built vessels, including two of our 112 metre flagships customised for the European market.
"The Mols Linien vision is not about speed at any cost, rather about incorporating efficiency and best practice in every aspect of their operation, both onboard or onshore. The collaborative efforts of Mols Linien and Incat specialists on KatExpress 1 and in particular, KatExpress 2, have challenged conventional operating wisdom to deliver not only an unrivaled passenger experience but a profitable high speed ferry operation in difficult economic times. I take this opportunity to congratulate Mols Linien on taking delivery of KatExpress 2 and also in taking the initiative to design and install a dual tier linkspan which ensures full load turnarounds can be achieved in only 28 minutes and the capabilities of the 112 meter are fully exploited."
Hull 067, Principal Particulars
Builder: Incat Tasmania Pty Ltd.
Length overall: 112.60 m
Length waterline: 105.6 m
Beam: 30.50 m
Draft: 4.184 m
Gross Tonnage: 10,500
Deadweight: 1,497 tonnes
Passengers and crew: 1,000 persons
Vehicles: 415 cars (or 567 m of freight at 4.60 m clear height + 210 cars at 4.5 m length)
Main Engines: 4 x resiliently mounted MAN 28/33D marine diesel engines, each rated at 9,000 kW.