Pair of 36m Ferries Delivered to Angola

  • Pair of 36m Ferries Delivered to Angloa
24 Feb 2015

Incat Crowther is pleased to announce the delivery of Luanda and Cacuaco to Instituto Marítimo e Portuário de Angola. The pair of 36m catamaran passenger ferries, built by Astilleros Armon in Spain, will be operated by subsidiary TMA Express.

Luanda and Cacuaco are the second and third deliveries in a project that included the delivery of two 30m ferries Macôco and Panguila late last year and also includes a 20m Catamaran Buoy Workboat being constructed by the yard for Instituto Hidrográfico e de Sinalização Maritíma de Angola.

The 265-passenger ferries are IMO HSC Passenger (A) certified and Angola flagged. As with Macôco and Panguila, Luanda and Cacuaco feature hard wearing interiors and simple, practical propulsion package. They have been designed for efficient long-range operation and low maintenance costs, appropriate to the area of operation. Mechanically-operated fold-down boarding ramps are fitted at the stern quarters, leading directly into the main deck cabin.

The main deck cabin features seats for 240 economy class passengers in forward-facing seats. Toilets (including one handicap-accessible), bar, ticket counter and luggage room are located aft.

The upper deck cabin seats 72 executive class passengers, all at tables. A space forward of this cabin houses accommodation for 4 crew members, and access to the vessel’s half-height wheelhouse which affords 360 degree visibility.

The hulls accommodate cabins for a further 8 crew members, as well as a galley and mess.

Luanda and Cacuaco are each powered by a pair of Caterpillar 3512B main engines, producing 1379kw and driving Rientjes gears. Both vessels performed well in sea trials, reaching top speeds over 27 knots. The vessels have a service speed of 25 knots.

With these four ferries, Astilleros Armon have completed four high-quality aluminium vessels and reached new markets for Incat Crowther.

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