Built to Det Norske Veritas Class DNV + 1A1 HSLC R4 Passenger Car Ferry B E0 this vessel has been a long-standing entry in World Records as the “fastest car ferry in the world”. It has a maximum speed in excess of 60 knots and it can sustain loaded service speeds of 56 knots.
Notable features include:
For this challenging shipbuilding project, the hull was refined to accommodate very large diameter water jets. To verify the initial model testing performance, a larger model of the final hull form was then built and tested before the detailed CAD design of the vessel was then completed.
It is powered by a pair of ABB Stal GT35 gas turbines, each developing 16.1 MW of power at 3,250 rpm. The ABB GT35 turbines offer a number of advantages over an aero derivative gas turbine including longer intervals between overhauls. The turbines drive KaMeWa 112 SII steerable water jets through a flexible coupling and Renk AUS 135 reduction gearbox.
The electrical and control systems are based on elements from ABB’s Advant system.
A Maritime Dynamics Inc (Vosper Thornycroft) ride control system consisting of active aft trim tabs was specifically designed for the vessel. At the time of delivery this was one of the most expensive fast ferries ever built.
Vessel Type Ultra High Speed Catamaran
Material Aluminum Alloy
Classification DNV + 1A1 HSLC R4 Passenger Car Ferry B E0
Length Overall (m) 254’
Waterline Length (m) 69.94
Beam (m) 19.00
Draft – loaded (m) 2.13
Gross Tonnage 1737
Deadweight (tons) 142
Maximum Speed (knots) 60
Service Speed (knots) 56
Consumption (kg / nm @ 54 knots) 160
Consumption (kg / nm @ 54 knots) 148
Seakeeping Maritime Dynamics Inc (MDI) Trim Tabs
Main Engines 2 x ABB GT 35 Turbines (2 x 16,100 kW each)
Gearbox 2 x Renk AUS 135
Water jet 2 x KaMeWa 112 SII
Generators 2 x Caterpillar 3604TA
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