Alumarine delivers passenger catamaran
French shipyard Alumarine has delivered a passenger catamaran that will operate on Mediterranean waters. This yard has built a number of passenger vessels and specialises in catamarans which offer better stability and comfort for passengers as well as having more deck space for passengers and a shallower draft.
For this new catamaran the design was developed by Mer and Design who are specialists in the design of these vessels.
The hull design has been optimised for passenger comfort and for economical running. It features spray deflecting chines and angular bulbous bows to increase the waterline length. There is space for 195 seated passengers on two decks, 125 on the main deck and 70 on the open upper deck and the modular main deck is equipped with removable seating so that the vessel can also be used for functions and events.
Forward on the upper deck is the compact enclosed pilot house with an al-round view. In addition to the internal controls there are secondary control stations on each side in the open.
The construction is in aluminium which is the specialty of the yard and the yard claims that this material has the advantage of lightweight to improve the performance as well as being fully recyclable and allows the possibility of full customisation. The beam is 9.51 metres and the vessel can operate with a shallow draft. The displacement is 34 tonnes. The hull structure has been certified by Bureau Veritas.
The power units are a pair of Volvo Penta D9 diesels with each one producing 425hp. These drive through conventional shafts and propellers. The rating of the engines allows up to 2000 hours of annual operation before overhaul. These engines give a maximum speed of 20 knots and the fuel consumption of the engines is just 15 litres per hour when operating at a speed of 10 knots. The fuel capacity is 1530 litres and 600 litres of fresh water can be carried.
Alumarine has built a number of passenger vessels in recent years including one that can operate in full electric propulsion mode for working on rivers and canals and another that has a hybrid drive system. A recent delivery was an advanced design of tourist boat for the Port of Calais and double ended ferries have also be included in the portfolio of designs.
The yard is located close to Brest on the West Coast of France and specialises in aluminium construction. Much of the workboat construction from the yard is for pilot boats and lifeboats for the French Lifeboat Society.
By Dag Pike
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