Australia’s Aluminium Marine has started construction of an Incat Crowther-designed eco-friendly catamaran passenger ferry.
The new ferry has been ordered by Southern Discoveries of New Zealand’s South Island to operate out of Queenstown to carry passengers to isolated destinations on Lake Wakatipu.
The vessel will have a length of 25.7m, breadth of 8m, depth of 2.5m and will feature 170 seats, with 127 inside the main deck passenger cabin.
The upper deck of the vessel features a wheelhouse and 43 exterior seats, while large double doors provide access to the cabin from the aft boarding gates.
The vessel, which is powered by a pair of Yanmar 6HYM-WET main engines with a power range of 478kW at 2,100rpm, will also be equipped with two fixed-pitch propellers and will be capable of running at a maximum speed in excess of 25 knots.
The vessel will be equipped with a removable wheelhouse so that it can be carried overland by truck to the lake.
Under the design contract awarded to Incat Crowther, it will be working within the strict limits of the New Zealand government environmental regulation to develop a vessel with a focus on low capital cost.
Fuel efficiency has been optimised through the development of the vessel’s hull form, while durable systems have been specifically focused on due to the remote nature of operation.
Image: Incat Crowther’s new catamaran passenger ferry will operate out of Queenstown on New Zealand’s South Island, carrying passengers to isolated destinations on Lake Wakatipu. Credit: Incat Crowther.