Naval Architecture and Marine Solutions (NMS) were tasked with the design of a low speed commuter ferry, to carry 150+ passengers on a single deck in the most economical means possible.
The catamaran ferry has been designed for simple and affordable passenger accommodation that is suitable for a large number of different roles. The ferry as it stands features a semi-outdoor seating arrangement using the ‘Ocean Steamer’ seat. These forward facing seats, designed by Beurteaux are light weight and offer passenger comfort, while also allowing for a hard wearing seat with a minimum of maintenance.
The passenger ferry has been conceived for shorter routes and as such has a minimum seat pitch of 850mm to allow for a high passenger density. The seating design can easily be changed to allow for a larger seat pitch, and thus greater passenger comfort. The design of the ferry can also be altered to include passenger amenities such as cafeterias, kiosks and gift shops. The arrangement can also be altered to allow for a mixed payload of passengers and light cargo.
A raised wheelhouse allows for excellent visibility forward and opening windows for increased visibility over the sides of the ferry. This improves close quarters manoeuvring in and around passenger wharfs and other marine traffic.
The open stern deck is the passenger ferry’s most distinct feature. This was specified to minimise the capital cost by doing away with windows and linings. This design choice also removes the need for air-conditioning. This significantly reduces the complexity of the systems on-board lowering capital and running costs. An open deck arrangement makes the ferry ideally suited to warm or humid climates where open spaces are preferred. Furthermore the open deck means that the catamaran ferry is well suited to operation as a dive or tourist vessel around water-sports. With a minimum of carpet and internal linings there is little room for moisture to collect or do damage.
Constructed in steel the vessel measures 22 metres in length overall, with a beam of 7.37metres and a draught of 1.55metres. The vessel is driven to a maximum speed of 10 knots by twin 225kW design engines driving twin fixed pitch propellers.
This passenger catamaran ferry is fully customisable and would lend itself well to construction in aluminium, coupled with an increase in engine size; the vessel could also operate as a high speed craft while still maintaining the simple layout. Ultimately it is the ferry operators that will best understand their own requirements. Naval Architecture and Marine Solutions would welcome the chance to discuss a client’s specific needs.