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Thursday, June 3, 2021 

Australian ship designer Incat Crowther says that 'Nordlicht II', a 46m 450-passenger catamaran ferry, to its Incat Crowther 46 design, has been delivered by Singapore's Penguin Shipyard International to Germany's AG EMS after completing sea trials in Singapore.

Built by Penguin's wholly owned subsidiary in Batam, PT Kim Seah Shipyard Indonesia, the ferry will be operated on a number of routes, including serving the North Sea islands Borkum and Helgoland.

Nordlicht II is the product of a consultative process whereby Incat Crowther initially supported AG EMS to develop a vessel specific to its own operating requirements. This process included discussions on the propulsion plant and motion damping system along with extensive discussions on the internal arrangement and outfitting of the vessel. The successful outcome of this process ensured that AG EMS has a vessel that meets the exacting requirements and standards. With an agreed design, Incat Crowther held an international tender for the construction of the vessel, ensuring that AG EMS received directly comparable build quotations and simplified the selection of the most suitable shipyard. Penguin was selected through this rigorous tender process.

Nordlicht II is capable of carrying up to 450 passengers, with an additional 52 exterior passenger seats and tables. The upper deck is divided into two cabins, and the third deck houses the wheelhouse, a crew mess and senior crew cabins.

The ferry  is powered by twin MAN 175D main engines, each producing 2960kW, the first use of these engines in a high speed ferry. She has a top speed of in excess of 36 knots and a service speed of 33 knots.

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