Seastreak to add 600 passenger cat to fleet

Written by Nick Blenkey
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SEPTEMBER 2, 2016 — Incat Crowther has been awarded a contract to design a 148 ft catamaran passenger ferry for New York ferry operator Seastreak LLC.

The vessel has been developed in response to significant growth in passenger volume and will bring the Seastreak fleet of Incat Crowther designed cats to a total of eight.

The new vessel will be based on the largest of these ferries — Seastreak Wall Street, Seastreak Manhattan, Seastreak Highlands and Seastreak New York — but passenger capacity is increased to 600.

The vessel will be built at Gulf Craft LLC’s Franklin, LA, shipyard.

The boarding arrangement aligns with existing shore based infrastructure and includes large forward and aft side gates as well as an adjustable bow ramp facilitating fast turnaround at many of the network’s terminals.

The main deck offers 234 passenger seats in a mix of forward-facing and booths. Toilets are located aft, while a large snack bar is located amidships. Three sets of stairs lead to the mid deck, which seats 271 passengers inside and 52 outside. The third deck has a further 160 exterior seats and the vessel’s wheelhouse, with excellent visibility and forward-sloping windscreens.

Power will be provided by four MTU 12V4000 M64 EPA Tier III main engines, each delivering 1,875 hp @ 1800 rpm and driving four KaMeWa 63S4 waterjets.

Length Overall           147 ft 8 in / 45.0 m
Length Waterline       137 ft 6 in / 41.9 m
Beam Overall             39 ft 5 in/ 12.0 m
Draft (hull)                  5 ft 4 in / 1.63 m
Depth                      12 ft 10 in / 3.9 m
Construction  Marine grade aluminum


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