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Wednesday, November 27, 2019 

Australian naval architect Incat Crowther has reported the launch of 'Mar de Cies', an Incat Crowther 32 ferry built by Astilleros Armon for Spanish operator Mar De Ons.

The 32m vessel was designed specifically for the routes operated by Mar De Ons around the Bays of Vigo and Pontevedra, with varied dockside infrastructure throughout the network. This offers a range of challenges such as dock heights, draught restrictions and interface methods. Mar de Cies has multiple boarding locations, at a range of heights, including aft platforms, main deck gates (aft mid and forward) as well as bow loading over the foredeck. The extremities of the vessel are tailored to facilitate ease of regular berthing manoeuvres, whilst custom fendering is installed. The vessel is designed for a low propeller draught to allow access to shallow docks.

The main deck seats 218 with an additional 182 on the upper level. The aluminium hull is both lightweight and robust, offering low maintenance. The hull is formed to achieve ultra-low fuel burn as the vessel operates at modest engine load.

Propulsion is from a pair of MAN D2862 LE463 engines, each rated 1029kW at 2100 rpm, driving conventional propellers. On sea trails, in excess of 29 knots maximum speed was achieved' in normal operation, fully loaded, Mar de Cies will run at 25 knots.

Safety compliance is provided in accordance with the latest EU regulations, a process that involved collaboration with Spanish flag authorities to achieve an optimal outcome.

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