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INCAT TO BUILD 110-METRE
WAVEPIERCER FOR MALTA
Virtu Ferries of Malta has asked Incat to
design and build a 110-metre Ro-Pax.
This new 110-metre wave piercing
catamaran will be the largest high speed
catamaran in the Mediterranean and with a
service speed up to 38 knots it will
complete the crossing from Malta to Sicily
berth to berth in around 90 minutes.
For Virtu Ferries this new vessel provides
a significant increase in capacity offering
43 per cent more truck capacity, 15 per
cent more pax capacity and 7 per cent
more car capacity.
The vessel will incorporate a three class
interior (VIP, business and economy) with
a total of 1,134 seats of which 996 seats are
inside and 138 outdoor.
The ferry will be built under the DNV-
GL Classification Society Rules and comply
with IMO High Speed Craft HSC 2000, the
Malta Flag statutory requirements and
Italian Port State requirements.
Construction of the vessel will commence
in early 2017 with delivery scheduled at the
end of 2018.
THREE ALUMINIUM CREW
BOATS DELIVERED TO INW
Grandweld Shipyards has completed
the delivery of three new build crew boats
‘INW 6’, ‘INW 7’ and ‘INW 8’ to
International Naval Works. The 21.3 -
metre vessels are powered by two high-
speed marine diesel engines, each driving
fixed-pitch propellers through a reverse-
reduction gearbox to produce a speed of
The vessels will be used for transfer of
offshore personnel and each craft has
seating capacity for 18 persons. The
vessels are designed for optimum sea
keeping characteristics to provide crew
and passengers with maximum comfort
‘BATAMFAST 21’ TO BE
BUILT BY ASIANFAST MARINE
Another new ferry for Batam Fast Ferry,
‘Batamfast 21’ will be built by Asianfast
Marine Industries in Batam, Indonesia. The
41-metre aluminium ferry will operate
between Batam Island and Singapore.
‘Batamfast 21’ will be the first product to
be produced by Asianfast Marine Industries.
She will carry 260 passengers with six crew.
There are 241 economy seats located on the
main deck while 19 VIP seats are installed
upstairs on the bridge deck.
A pair of MTU 16V 2000 M72 diesel
engines produce 1,440kW connected to
two Stone Marine five-blade NiAlBr fixed
‘OCEAN VANTAGE’ TAKES TO THE WAVES
Gardline has commissioned a new DP2
geotechnical drill vessel. The vessel, named
‘Ocean Vantage’ has already completed a
number of projects successfully. ‘Ocean
Vantage’ has a 65-tonne capacity GL100
twin tower drill system.
‘Ocean Vantage’ has completed work in
the North Sea adjacent to an offshore gas
installation and is planned to complete
surveys in the
European/Atlantic region before the end of
AMPHIBIOUS BUS RIDES HIGH IN HAMBURG
Hamburg has a new attraction: the
Hafencity Riverbus, Germany's first
amphibious bus, which takes visitors on
city tours across land and water.
The amphibious vehicle is ideally suited
to the port city on the Elbe, since the vast
majority of its tourist attractions are
located either on or adjacent to the water.
Thus, the new attraction combines tours of
the harbour and the city.
On land, the new river bus travels much
like a normal scheduled-service bus and is
equipped with stop request buttons, not
because it will actually be calling at any
stops on its way, but because it was a
requirement for this unusual vehicle to be
granted a permit.
Meeting the unique challenges took
owner Fred Franken four years before the
initial idea finally became a reality.
Obtaining the permit presented the greatest
challenge, as German traffic law does not
provide for amphibious vehicles.
“I already had the idea for this kind of
project 18 years ago,” Franken said, a
shipping merchant and self-confessed bus
enthusiast. “Back then, I had seen a similar
attraction in Singapore and it was
immediately obvious to me that we
definitely had to bring something like this
“ In the first two months of operation,
we have already had over 6,000 passengers
on board, including locals as well as many
people fro m further afield,” Franken said.
Other cities have also been keeping an eye
on the developments in Hamburg's
harbour, with orders for a further five to
seven amphibious buses already in
ELLICOTT ANNOUNCES THREE
CUSTOM DREDGER CONTRACTS
Ellicott Dredges has received three
contracts for custom-designed dredgers.
The first order comes from a major
international chemical company and is for
a custom electric bucketwheel dredger to
mine salt in a very hard digging
application. The new dredger should
increase the mine’s output per operating
hour and reduce its costs.
Features on the B2190E dredger include
a new hydraulic system, designed in-house,
with the goal of reducing power
consumption approximately 10 per cent
compared to existing systems, electric over
hydraulic controls and PLC onboard
capable of collecting data and providing
remote access to dredge controls
The second order is from Barnstable
County, Massachusetts, USA and is for a
new dredger that will be used to maintain
small harbours with beneficial reuse of the
sand for beach restoration.
The third order is from a major
European chemical company for a small
All three deliveries will be completed
before the end of 2017.
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