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Thursday, April 15, 2021 

Incat Crowther has concluded a contract to design a 53m Catamaran Passenger Ferry for Azam Marine of Tanzania, Africa, to be named 'Kilimanjaro VIII', to be longer and wider than the 2019-delivered 'Kilimanjaro VII', with increased passenger capacity.measuring 53m by 12.5m. Passenger capacity increases to 654.

The 53m x 12.5m Kilimanjaro VIII will continue the use of the operator’s parallel boarding system, whereby five ramps per side load passenger and cargo in segregated flows. This system ensures passenger classes and luggage trolleys remain separated, reducing turnaround time and improving safety.

The new design will accommodate a total of 654 passengers in three classes, and has capacity for up to 10t of luggage and cargo, whilst IMO HSC code-compliant stability enhances safety credentials.

Kilimanjaro VIII will feature a modern evolution of the fleet’s style, with a long, sleek profile, combined with the introduction of a reverse-bow hull configuration for improved ride comfort.

The vessel will be powered by a pair of Cummins QSK95-M main engines. These will be rated to deliver more power to carry the increased payload over Kilimanjaro VII, which was the first fast passenger vessel with this configuration. The twin engine solution is said to be an effective way of providing more speed and low fuel burn whilst avoiding the through-life cost and complexity of a four-engine power train. Engine room accessibility is improved over a four-engine arrangement, and maintenance and operational requirements are reduced. Additional dividends are realised in the routing and a reduction in the duplicity of systems.

Kilimanjaro VIII will be the 11th Incat Crowther-designed vessel for the operator and the eighth built by Tasmanian builder Richardson Devine Marine. Not only is the newbuild a sign of increased post-Covid confidence in the passenger market, the designer says it is a demonstration of Azam’s confidence in the designer and builder.

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