Nordlicht II has been delivered to Germany’s AG EMS
The 46-m, 450-passenger catamaran ferry, designed by Incat Crowther and built by Singapore’s Penguin Shipyard International, has been delivered after successfully completing sea trials in Singapore.
Built by Penguin’s subsidiary in Batam, PT Kim Seah Shipyard Indonesia, the ferry is based on the Incat Crowther 46 design, the largest vessel from the drawing boards of Incat Crowther’s Europe office.
The vessel will be operated on routes including the North Sea-islands Borkum and Helgoland.
Incat Crowther said in a press release, “Nordlicht II is the product of a consultative process whereby Incat Crowther supported the client AG EMS to develop a vessel specific to their own operating requirements. This process included discussions on the propulsion plant and motion-damping system along with extensive discussions on the internal arrangement and outfitting of the vessel.”
Nordlicht II can carry up to 450 passengers, with an additional 52 exterior passengers seats and tables. The main deck consists of 248 economy class passenger seats with a large kiosk and small luggage racks. Aft the main passenger lounge is a large dedicated luggage room and aft of this is crew accommodation. The upper deck is divided into two cabins, a 111-passenger cabin amidships and a business class cabin for 96 passengers forward, with views over the foredeck and discreet boarding facilities.
The two passenger decks are linked by both an open stairwell and an elevator. The third deck houses the wheelhouse, a crew mess and senior crew cabins.
Nordlicht II is powered by twin MAN 175D main engines, each producing 2,960 kW. Incat Crowther said this was the first use of these engines in a high-speed ferry. It has a top speed of in excess of 36 knots and a service speed of 33 knots.
Incat Crowther said, “Designed for the prevailing conditions of the route, Nordlicht II features a high bow and possesses excellent seakeeping characteristics with a motion-damping system consisting of T-foils and interceptors provided by Naiad.”
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