Indonesian tourism operator Bali Hai Cruises has awarded a contract to International Maritime Consultants (IMC) to design its next-generation day cruise catamaran.
Under the terms of the deal, IMC will provide the fully functional design for the new vessel as well as assist the cruise operator in selecting a shipyard to undertake the construction works.
The newly developed design will feature a dual propulsion system comprising of diesel and electric solution, which will enable the new vessel to cruise at a speed of 25k.
The new 40m-long aluminium catamaran design will use the all-electric mode during the evening dinner cruise reducing the noise and emissions significantly.
The Western Australian naval architecture consultancy will support IMC to provide these environmental and operational benefits.
The vessel will be capable of accommodating 400 passengers in a contemporary tropical interior and will be an enhanced version of the cruise operator’s 36m-long, 315 passenger Bali Hai II which Bali Hai Cruises has been operating for more than two decades.
Bali Hai Cruises managing director Dick Chandler said: "A foundation of our success has been bespoke quality vessels, maintained to the highest standards.
"This new project reflects both our confidence in Bali’s tourism industry and our intention to consolidate our leading market position through the introduction of another world-class vessel.
"Bali Hai Cruises is very pleased to be working with IMC towards that goal."
Based out of Benoa Harbour, cruises offered by Bali Hai Cruises include day cruises to water activities pontoon off Nusa Lembongan, day sailing trips, ‘ocean rafting’ trips on high-speed rigid inflatables, evening dinner cruises, besides the Hai Tide Beach Resort.
Image: Bali Hai Cruises’ water activities pontoon off Nusa Lembongan. Photo: courtesy of IMC.