JULY 22, 2015 — Gorinchem, Netherlands, based CoCo Yachts and China's AFAI Southern Shipyard Guangzhou Panyu have been awarded a contract by Cosco Xiamen.
It covers design and construction of a Coastal Cruiser 322 aluminum fast ferry that will replace Cosco Xiamen's current fast ferry on its passenger service between Xiamen, People's Republic of China and Kinmen, Taiwan. Delivery is set for first quarter 2016.
The Coastal Cruiser 322 will have a passenger saloon with economy seats on the main deck and a spacious business class / VIP arrangement on the upper deck. Space for cargo, luggage and bicycles is provided on the main deck aft.
Special attention is being giving to the noise levels, which are expected to be much lower than their current vessel. .
The Coastal Cruiser 322 will be powered by two MTU main engines, each driving one Rolls-Royce S71 water jet through a ZF gearbox.
The hull lines have been optimized by using FineMarine CFD software to deliver an appoximately 10% fuel savings compared to similar fast ferries with equal capacity.
The high speed aluminium passenger catamaran will be designed and built in accordance with China Classification Society rules and regulations for High Speed Craft, and will be built in Guangzhou.