Incat Marine to design fourth ferry for Tanzanian operator

Written by Nick Blenkey

kilimanjaroIVmicroIncat Crowther, Terrey Hills, N.S.W., Australia, is to design a 45 m catamaran ferry for Coastal Fast Ferries of Tanzania. It will be the fourth vessel to be designed by Incat Crowther for the operator and will be built by shipbuilder Richardson Devine of Tasmania

Following the launch of Kilimanjaro III by Richardson Devine last year, Coastal Fast Ferries has continued to grow its operation. The extension of services to the island of Pemba with Kilimanjaro III has been so successful that the operator immediately considered how a fourth vessel could be used to gain the most out of the operation. Following a development process of close cooperation between shipbuilder, operator and designer, a 45m, 656-passegner quad-jet vessel was agreed upon. To be named Kilimanjaro IV, the new vessel will offer the operator a good balance of speed, passenger capacity and efficiency.


The main deck has two partitioned passenger spaces — an 86-seat business class cabin, and a 168-seat economy class cabin. Upstairs is a premium class cabin with 92 seats. All three of these cabins have their own independent boarding ramps on both sides of the vessel. Additional boarding is provided on the upper deck aft.

Exterior economy class seating is provided on the upper aft deck (130 seats) and on the roof deck (90 seats).

In addition to the increased passenger capacity, the vessel is notable for its large main deck luggage room, capable of carrying 32 suitcase carts. This room also gives the operator freight transfer capacity. Crew accommodations is provided in the hulls, where there are four  twin cabins and a bathroom.

The vessel will be powered by a quartet of Cummins KTA 50 M2 main engines, giving commonality with the earlier vessels. Propulsion will be through Hamilton HM651 waterjets. The vessel will have a service speed of 34 knots, with a maximum speed of 36 knots.

Length Overall:     44.7 m
Length Waterline:     42.9 m
Beam:     11.5 m
Draft Hull:     1.1 m
Depth:     3.9 m
Passengers:     656
Crew:     8
Fuel:     20 000 liters
Fresh Water:     2 000 liters
Sullage:     3 000 liters
Service Speed:     34 knots
Maximum Speed:     36 knots
Main Engines:     4 x Cummins KTA 50 M2
Installed Power:     4 x 1342kW @ 1900rpm
Propulsion:     4 x waterjets
Generators:     2 x Cummins 170kVA (ship’s power) 1 x Cummins 17kVA (crew supply)
Construction Material:     Marine Grade Aluminum
Flag:     Tanzania
Class:     USL 1

February15, 2012

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