Custom ferry meets multiple boarding challenges

Mar De Ons operates to a variety of destinations around the Bays of Vigo and Pontevedra
Mar De Ons operates to a variety of destinations around the Bays of Vigo and Pontevedra
The vessel is designed for a low propeller draft to allow access to shallow docks.
The vessel is designed for a low propeller draft to allow access to shallow docks.
The open upper deck seats 182 passengers
The open upper deck seats 182 passengers

A new catamaran passenger ferry features varied boarding options to cater for a wide range of coastal infrastructure around its Spanish network.

Incat Crowther is pleased to announce the launch of Mar de Cies, an Incat Crowther 32 built by Astilleros Armon for Spanish operator Mar De Ons. Designed specifically for the operation, the vessel demonstrates many benefits of a customised design solution.

Mar De Ons operates to a variety of destinations around the Bays of Vigo and Pontevedra, with varied dockside infrastructure throughout the network. This offers a range of challenges such as dock heights, draft 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, while custom fendering is installed. The vessel is designed for a low propeller draft to allow access to shallow docks.

The main deck seats 218 passengers at tables, with a large kiosk at the forward end. The open upper deck seats 182 passengers, for a total of 400 passengers. Mar de Cies is built to Astilleros Armon’s typical high standards, with high-quality interior fitout and passenger amenities.

Passenger flow is aided by multiple wide staircases and access options to both decks of the vessel. For safety, all bulwarks are full height, all but eliminating climbable rails.

The vessel’s aluminium hull, while being highly efficient, is also very robust offering low maintenance. The hull form features ultra-low fuel burn as the vessel operates at modest engine load. The vessel exceeded 29 knots maximum speed on sea trials. The vessel will operate at 25 knots loaded service speed.

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.

By Jake Frith

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