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EIGHTH INCAT CROWTHER CRUISE CATAMARAN IN BUILD

Friday, August 7, 2020 

Australian ship designer Incat Crowther says that construction is well underway on a new vessel for World Heritage Cruises, to the Incat Crowther 35 design, the eighth Incat Crowther vessel for the Tasmanian operator.

Under construction at Richardson Devine Marine, the aluminium vessel is due to launch by the end of 2010. It will draw on the successful features of World Heritage Cruises’ current Incat Crowther 35, Harbour Master, which has been recognised for its efficient and stable platform, leading to expressions of interest in purchasing the vessel.

WHC saw this as an opportunity to build a new vessel based on knowledge and experienced gained from the operation, taking the best of Harbour Master and improving the package in key areas. The competitive operating environment of Tasmania’s World Heritage-listed Gordon River means that the bulk of the improvements fall under the banner of passenger amenity. Primarily, the vessel is 1m wider to provide greater space, more aisles and smaller groups of seats. The main deck service spaces have been expanded, with the bar and food preparation now separated and a larger serving island installed. The cabin will be lighter and brighter with deep windows and the absence of the main stair tower, which has been moved aft.

The new vessel will be powered by quad Scania DI16 076M main engines, each driving a Doen DJ200 water jet. The quad Scania package has proven itself in Harbour Master, and the addition of jets will provide an efficient, reliable package with inherent redundancy. The vessel will operate at 25 knots.

Plans are well progressed to optimise Harbour Master for its new owners to operate to Rottnest Island, with Incat Crowther’s expertise in vessel support coming to the fore. The new owners will take delivery of Harbour Master upon completion of the new vessel.

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