Australia’s SeaLink Travel orders double ended RoPax cat

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Vessel is configured to carry 36 cars and 150 passengers

DECEMBER 10, 2018 — Incat Crowther has unveiled the design of a 44.9 m x 13.4 m double-ended RoPax Ferry being built for Australia’s Sealink Travel Group by the Richardson Devine Marine shipyard in Hobart, Tasmania.

The vessel will enter Sealink’s Bruny Island service in December of 2019 and is unusual for a double ended vehicle ferry in that it is an aluminum hulled catamaran offering significant fuel savings when compared with a conventional steel monohull vessel. In addition, it is designed for the later fitting of an extra vehicle deck should the vehicle patronage increase, removing the need to carry surplus displacement until market demand warrants it.

The vessel is configured to carry 36 cars and 150 passengers. Three of the vehicle lanes will be unrestricted in height, with the central two lanes carrying a total 90 lane meters of trucks.

The elevated cabin – located to one side of the vessel – is divided between open-sided covered space and indoor space. The indoor space seats 36 passengers in booth seats with tables, whist the outdoor space features café style seating for 30 passengers.

The vessel will be powered by four Scania DI13 070M main engines, each developing 184 kW. Positioned in each of the four corners of the vessel, these engines will be directly coupled to Schottel SRP 100 azimuthing drives. As well as offering exceptional maneuverability, the azimuthing drives provide propulsion efficiency with all four delivering thrust in the direction of vessel travel.

If required, the vessel can operate on two pods during off-peak periods, reducing operating costs.

The vessel is the first of two vessels for the Bruny Island service planned by SeaLink Travel. The second, also of Incat Crowther design and built by RDM, is planned for delivery in 2021.


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