Construction of an innovative new tour vessel designed by Australia-based Incat Crowther is now underway.
The vessel is set to be operated by Gordon River Cruises in the south-west region of Tasmania, and will provide interpretive tours into the heart of the UNESCO Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
The design concept features a triangular side structure to enlarge openings and minimise vertical window posts, which otherwise would obstruct views in certain locations.
Incat Crowther's vessel concept features dark reflective floor-to-ceiling glass to provide a better viewing experience.
The ship's bathrooms have been moved to the hull, while the galley and servery areas have been positioned at the centre of the vessel and aligned with areas already causing viewing obstructions, such as side structures and life-saving apparatus.
The vessel will have reduced main deck side boarding areas that feature engine room ventilation and engine removal spaces, while the main stair case will feature an open-tread design.
Gordon River Cruises’ new touring ship will offer 144 economy seats on its main deck and 48 first class seats on the upper deck cabin.
The main deck cabin will feature a combination of individual seats and lounge seats, while the upper deck cabin will have seats equipped with side tables positioned to face the side windows.
Casual lounge seating will be located adjacent to a private bar and will offer dedicated amenities and a private forward exterior deck in order to provide a first-class experience to passengers.
Incat notes the vessel will provide optimal efficiency at a speed of 25k.
Image: New tour vessel designed by Incat Crowther. Photo: courtesy of INCAT CROWTHER PTY LTD.