Ultramar Takes Delivery of Catamaran Ferry

Ultramar Takes Delivery of High-End 48m Catamaran Ferry Photo Incat Crowther

By Joseph R. Fonseca

Incat Crowther has delivered the vessel Ultramar, a
high capacity 48m Catamaran Passenger Ferry to the Mexican
operator Ultramar.

Built by Midship Marine in Louisiana, Ultramar is specifically
designed for the operator's busy Playa de Carmen - Cozumel run,
offering high capacity, high durability and a world-class
passenger experience.

Carrying 844 passengers on a relatively short run, turnaround is
paramount. Ultramar is optimized for a very fast turnaround with
multiple boarding areas over two decks. A pair of boarding ramps
is located on the mid and main decks at amidships for passenger
loading, whilst an additional pair aft gives direct access to the
cargo room. This cost effective system has been well proven on
other Incat Crowther vessels where efficient turnaround of high
passenger and cargo volumes has been a requirement.

The main deck aft cabin seats 211 passengers, whilst the forward
end of the vessel's main deck features a premium class area with
64 seats. The foredeck seats 50 passengers.

The mid deck seats 203 outside and 52 inside. There is a stage at
the forward end of the outdoor seating area on this deck for
musicians to entertain passengers. Above, the roof deck seats 264
passengers.

From the moment passengers board Ultramar, the emphasis on detail
and passenger experience is evident.

Large staircases move passengers comfortably and efficiently
through the vessel and large communal spaces give a feeling of
openness which belies the capacity of the vessel. Continuing
Ultramar's commitment to an innovative fleet, large panoramic
windows are complemented by high-tech lighting and high-end
finishes.

Painted in Ultramar's distinctive yellow and blue livery, the
vessel is set off by the operator's signature underwater LED
lighting and its remarkable level of fit-out. As a consequence,
the operator's market share has jumped to almost 70% despite two
other operators on the same run. A second vessel is under
construction and is due later this year.

Ultramar is powered by a pair of Yanmar 12AYM-WGT main engines,
each producing 1340kW at 1940 rpm, offering an efficient service
speed of 18 knots, and a maximum speed of 24 knots.

Ultramar is the fourth vessel delivered to the operator to an
Incat Crowther design. Construction of a sister ship is well
progressed at Midship Marine, together with eight lower capacity
low wash vessels for the same operator.

SPECIFICATIONS - 48m CATAMARAN PASSENGER FERRY
PRINCIPAL DIMENSIONS
Length Overall 160' 2" / 48.8m

Length Waterline 146' 6" / 44.7m

Beam Overall 36' 2" / 11.0m

Draft (hull) 5' 7" / 1.7m

Draft (prop) 7' 1" / 2.15m

Depth 13' 2" / 4.0m

Construction Marine grade aluminium

CAPACITIES

Fuel Oil (Day Tanks) 2642 gallons / 10 000 litres

Fuel Oil (Long Range Tanks) 2642 gallons / 10 000 litres

Fresh Water 396 gallons / 1 500 litres

Sullage 396 gallons / 1 500 litres

Passengers 844

Crew 8

PROPULSION AND PERFORMANCE

Speed (Service) 20 knots

Speed (Max) 24 knots

Main Engines 2 x Yanmar 12AYM-WGT

Power 2 x 1340kW @ 1940rpm

Propulsion 2 x Propellers

Generators 2 x Cummins 6C-CP

REGULATORY

Flag Mexico

Feb 23, 2017

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