COMMERCIAL NEWS — More Aussie cats for Africa

COMMERCIAL NEWS - More Aussie cats for Africa

Incat Crowther has been contracted to design a third 37m catamaran passenger ferry for Coastal Fast Ferries in Tanzania, Africa.

To be built by Richardson Devine Marine (RDM), Kilimanjaro III

will build on the experienced gained in the successful operation of sisterships
Kilimanjaro I and Kilimanjaro II, previously designed by Incat Crowther for Coastal Fast Ferries.

Kilimanjaro I and II are significantly larger vessels than any fast-ferries that have been deployed on the Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam route, yet the vessels are nearly always running at full capacity, Incat Crowther said.

“Needless to say, the operator is extremely happy with the success of these vessels, and has been working with Incat Crowther and RDM to develop a vessel that can take further advantage of the operation’s revenue-making potential,” reported the company press release.

According to Incat Crowther, Kilimanjaro III’s two significant enhancements are its increased passenger capacity and new-generation hull-form, which offers increased efficiency and improved seakeaping. The result, it said, is a vessel that will carry more passengers at less cost per-passenger to the operator.

As well as supplementing the operational capacity on the Zanzibar to Dar Es Salaam run at a higher service
speed, Incat Crowther said Coastal Fast Ferries plan to use the vessel to expand their operation by extending the route to the island of Pemba. Kilimanjaro III is said to be specifically suited for this added offshore work.

Taking advantage of its increased beam, Kilimanjaro III will carry 558 passengers in a mix of seating levels and styles. The main deck passenger deck features 249 economy class seats, with those nearest the aft kiosk equipped with tables. The aft end of the main deck has been reconfigured with a larger luggage room, located directly adjacent to the side crew ramps to speed up turnaround.

The upper deck has outdoor seats for 107 passengers. Amidships there is a first class cabin with 74 seats and the
sundeck has seats for a further 60 passengers.

Kilimanjaro III will be powered by a pair of Cummins KTA50 engines, each producing 1340kW, and will have a reported service speed of 30kts.

Incat Crowther says it is pleased to continue its relationship with Coastal Fast Ferries and believe the growth in business is a result of the company’s attention to client service and adding value to the client’s operation.

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Incat Crowther 37m Catamaran Passenger Ferry

MATERIAL: Marine grade aluminium
BEAM: 10.5m
DRAFT: 1.1m (hull); 1.8m (prop)
DEPTH: 3.65m
FUEL: 6000lt
ENGINES: 2 x Cummins KTA50
RATED kW: 1340kW at 1900rpm (each)