Incat Crowther to design new passenger ferry for US Virgin Islands

Global digital shipbuilder Incat Crowther will partner with Gulf Craft LLC in Franklin, Louisiana to design and deliver a new USCG Subchapter-K approved, 104-foot (32-metre) passenger ferry for the government of the U.S Virgin Islands. Construction of the new ferry began in November 2023. 

The new ferry will service the busy tourist and commuter route between Red Hook on the island of St. Thomas, and Cruz Bay on the island of St. John. Currently, two other Incat Crowther-designed 28-metre vessels service this route.

The simple yet stylish new ferry will be designed with accessibility and an elevated customer experience in mind and will be capable of transporting up to 300 passengers at speeds of up to 28 knots. The vessel will also be fitted with the latest diesel engine emission control technologies in compliance with EPA Tier 4.

The air-conditioned main cabin provides seating for up to 202 passengers, including five dedicated wheelchair accessible spaces. Two ADA-compliant bathrooms and a fully enclosed luggage room are also provided on the main deck level, along with integrated side boarding ramps for a safe and efficient boarding experience.

The vessel’s upper deck will transport up to 100 passengers in spacious outdoor seating, while the vessel’s wheelhouse provides the captain with an excellent line of sight and 360-degree visibility. Wing helm stations are also provided for the captain to ensure safe docking of the vessel.

Commenting on the project, Incat Crowther USA Managing Director Grant Pecoraro said the commissioning of the new ferry adds to Incat Crowther’s growing footprint in the Caribbean.

“Incat Crowther has a proven track record of designing and delivering tailored passenger ferries for operators throughout the Caribbean. We are pleased to be collaborating with our longstanding partner, Gulf Craft, to deliver another vessel to this region,” said Mr Pecoraro.

“Our team of naval architects understand that no two routes are the same. Our digital shipbuilding process enables us to carefully focus on specific operational requirements to ensure our designs are tailored specifically for local conditions, existing dockside infrastructure and with the operator and its customers in mind,” said Mr Pecoraro.

“It is evident that the two existing Incat Crowther ferries which have been successfully servicing this route for over a decade provided confidence to the U.S Virgin Island government to again select an Incat Crowther vessel to service the local community in the future,” said Mr Pecoraro.

Find out more about Incat Crowther’s proven track record of designing passenger ferries.

Length Overall 104’ 3” / 31.8m
Length Waterline 100’ 7” / 30.7m
Beam Overall 28’ 0” / 8.53m
Draft (hull) 4’ 8” / 1.42m
Depth 9’ 10” / 2.99m
Construction Marine grade aluminium
Fuel Oil 2 000 gallons / 7 570 litres
Fresh Water 500 gallons / 1 892 litres
Sullage 500 gallons / 1 892 litres
Urea 400 gallons / 1 514 litres
Passengers 300 incl. 5 wheelchairs spaces
Crew 5
Speed (Service) 24 knots
Speed (Max) 28 knots
Main Engines 2 x CAT C32 ACERT, EPA Tier 4
Power 2 x 895 kW
Propulsion 2 x Fixed Pitch Propellors
Generators 2 x 65 kW
Flag USA
Class / Survey USCG Subchapter K

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