Incat Crowther to Design Fast, Low Wash Ferry for Danube River Service

  • Incat Crowther to Design Fast, Low Wash Ferry for Danube River Service
21 Aug 2018

Incat Crowther is pleased to announce it has been contracted to design a 39m low wash, high-speed catamaran ferry to be built by Wight Shipyard Co for operation by Twin City Liner on the Danube River between Vienna and Bratislava.

Incat Crowther has been selected as the designer on the basis of technical capability, delivering a design solution that meets stringent criteria. Incat Crowther staff viewed the operation on the Danube first-hand, affording a detailed understanding of the complex operational requirements. The resulting design has low draft, minimal wake / wash, low air draft and a hull form designed for restricted waters where high current and debris are encountered.

The hull is designed to be highly efficient and operate at level trim, giving the vessel a top speed of 38 knots and a reliable service speed of 32 knots. Performance is aided by custom-designed interceptors.

The vessel’s structural design uses advanced engineering to reduce weight whilst remaining robust. A specific anchoring system has been developed to assist docking in high current conditions.

Passengers will board the new craft via midship doors port and starboard and enter a bright and airy main cabin capable of seating up to 185 passengers. A kiosk providing a range of snacks and refreshments will be provided aft on the starboard side. On the port side toilets are provided one of which is for disabled customers.

Above, the upper deck is accessed from a centre staircase in the main cabin as well as two staircases aft on the open deck. External seating will be provided for 29 passengers while aft of the elevated wheelhouse interior seating is available for 35 passengers. Being a commuter ferry as well as a cruise vessel, there will be space for 12 bikes on the aft deck.

The vessel will be powered by a quartet of Scania DI16 main engines, each producing 809kW, driving Rolls Royce S40-3 water jets. Large hatches over the main engines and gearboxes enhance maintenance access.

Incat Crowther’s global experience provides an in-depth understanding of the regulatory framework, balancing local flag state requirements, classification authority rules and EU directives.

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