Home' Work Boat World : October 2009 Contents 'Penguin 32' and 'Penguin 33'
Type of vessel:
Electronics supplied by:
Passenger catamaran ferry
Incat Crowther, Australia
Cheoy Lee Shipyards/Hin
Lee (Zhuhai) Shipyard,
102 tonnes (full load)
2 x Cummins KTA38-M2,
2 x ZF4540
2 x fixed pitch propellers
27 knots (full load)
2 x Perkins 4.4 TWGM
2 x Stamford, each 46kW
Kobelt electric hydraulic
Beurteaux Ocean Traveller
2 x 50-pax, 2 x 65-pax
250 litres/hour at 27 knots
June 2009 saw Hong Kong-based Cheoy
Lee Shipyards hand over two 26-metre,
high-speed aluminium catamarans to
Penguin Boat International of Singapore.
A proven design from Australia's
Incat Crowther, Cheoy Lee had previously
built these vessels for domestic routes
within Hong Kong but this was the first
instance of them being built for an
Constructed at Cheoy Lee's Hin Lee
(Zhuhai) Shipyard in southern China, the
vessels were built to Bureau Veritas I +Hull
+Mach, HSC Cat A classification standards.
The HSC requirements for vessels
undertaking international voyages are
extremely stringent, and although Cheoy
Lee has previously built commercial vessels
to comply with this code, these were the
first of their aluminium catamarans to do
so. Damage stability requirements are
particularly stringent, and the Penguin
vessels are fitted with double bottoms and
buoyancy tanks over much of their length
in order to comply.
The 1,500 nautical mile delivery voyage
from China to Singapore -- made under
their own power -- was a good test of the
vessels' seagoing capabilities, and one
which they passed with flying colours.
With an 8.5-metre beam and 1.8-metre
draught to go with its 27-metre overall
length, the design features twin passenger
decks with a total seating capacity for 200.
The upper deck contains 48 seats with the
remaining 152 (plus facilities for disabled
passengers) located below on the main
deck. A refreshment kiosk is also located on
Passengers are seated in Beurteaux
Ocean Traveller seats with all-round, large
glass window panes offering a bright and
open feel on both decks. Boarding is via
double doors recessed into the port and
starboard cabin sides, amidships, from
where luggage racks and the internal
stairway accessing the upper deck are
situated. Aft of the upper deck saloon,
overnight accommodation is provided for
four crew in a single cabin.
The wheelhouse is elevated, with three
individual Bostrom 301 helm seats. Exterior
wing stations are outboard on both sides of
the wheelhouse to aid docking manoeuvres.
Powered by a pair of Cummins
KTA38-M2 diesel engines -- each with a
rated output power of 1,005kW at
1,900rpm -- coupled to ZF4540 reverse
reduction gearboxes, the vessels have a
fully loaded operating speed of 27 knots.
Auxiliary power is provided by two
Perkins 4.4 TWGM generators, coupled to
Stamford alternators, each producing
46kW. Each generating set is able to
support all onboard power loads, including
the Cruisair marine air-conditioning
system. The two machinery rooms are
protected by a manually released high
pressure CO2 fire extinguishing system.
Cheoy Lee continues to expand on their
range of fast catamarans and is currently
working on the design of a new 30-metre,
FRP construction model capable of carrying
450 people at 28 knots. Two units of this
vessel will soon go into production.
For further information contact:
Cheoy Lee Shipyards, Hong Kong.
PH: +852 2307 6333,
FX: +852 23075577,
October 2009 WORK BOAT WORLD
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