catamaran passenger ferries

Spain-based shipbuilder Astilleros Armon has delivered two INCAT Crowther-designed catamaran passenger ferries to Instituto Marítimo e Portuário de Angola.

The IMO HSC Passenger (A) certified and Angola-flagged ferries, named Macôco and Panguila, will be operated by TMA Express.

In addition, Astilleros Armon will supply a pair of 36m-long ferries to its customer as part of an infrastructure building project.

The Instituto Hidrográfico e de Sinalização Maritíma de Angola has also placed an order for a 20m-long Catamaran Buoy Workboat with the shipbuilder.

"The new-build ferries have hard-wearing interiors and practical propulsion packages, and are capable of long-range operations." 

The new-build ferries have hard-wearing interiors and practical propulsion packages, and are capable of long-range operations while lowering maintenance costs.

They also feature mechanically operated fold-down, boarding ramps installed at the stern quarters, which lead directly into the main deck cabin, Incat Crowther said.

The 30.0m-long ferries will be able to accommodate 136 passengers and four crew members in the cabin.

Capable of offering a 360° visibility from its upper deck, the vessels include a bar and three bathrooms, one of which has disability access. They are powered by a pair of caterpillar C32 main engines and will have a maximum speed of 25k, able to produce 970kW.

The Maritime and Port Institute of Angola is responsible to monitor, coordinate and supervise all activities related to the inspection Merchant Navy and Ports in the country.


Image: The Astilleros Armon-built catamaran passenger ferry. Photo: courtesy of Incat Crowther Pty.