Passengers can board or disembark through either of the forward or aft boarding lobbies, allowing for faster turnaround times and more efficient berthing operations for crew. Passengers then traverse in air-conditioned comfort between the two decks using multiple stairways.
The main deck has six luggage areas, as well as four toilet spaces. The upper deck has one luggage area, and two toilets.
Seating for the catamaran ferry’s main and upper decks uses the ‘Ocean Tourist’ seat. The seating plan is forward facing. The Ocean Tourist is a light weight seating option from Beurteaux. The modifications and accessories available for this seat provide the client with many options to create a comfortable environment, whilst being approved to the IMO HSC code. Seating options include storage for life jackets, tray tables and storage for safety card displays.
The current seating plan allows for 900mm pitch between seats. For vessels designed for shorter travel times, there is scope to reduce the pitch and therefore increase seating capacity. Alternately the arrangement could be customised to include cafeteria, snack bar or gift shop, depending on the end routes requirement.
The raised wheelhouse offers excellent visibility over the foredeck, with direct access to external bridge wing control stations for easier, faster and safer berthing operations.
Constructed from marine grade aluminium, the vessel measures 36.9 metres in length overall, with a beam of 11.2 metres, a draught of 2.1m and a depth of 3.45m. The vessel is powered by two 1000kw diesel engines, driving twin propellers. This gives a fully laden speed of 24 knots. Fuel for the twin diesels is carried in two tanks, each of 2500 litre capacity, while fresh water tanks carry 1500 litres, with a further 1500 litres of sullage.
The philosophy underpinning Naval Architecture and Marine Solutions design concept was the need to:
- Optimise the design to deliver exceptional revenue carrying capabilities. The hull form will deliver excellent fuel economy, combined with seating capacity for 500+, gives a low cost per passenger mile.
- Emphasis on maximising transport efficiency. Two boarding lobbies and multiple staircases between decks, allows for faster turnaround times, meaning the vessel spends less time in dock.
- Maximise the number of ports the catamaran ferry can enter. This has been achieved by minimising the draught to 2.1m, by incorporating the propeller tunnels within the hulls.
- Transport passengers in safety and comfort.
The catamaran ferry has been designed to Bureau Veritas Survey for High Speed & Light Craft.
Naval Architecture and Marine Solutions can provide a full production design package for the project, which would assist in build efficiency and reduce material wastage. The design package could consist of all construction and engineering drawings, including nested plates.