Danube handover for Wight Shipyard

Wight Shipyard Co. has delivered its first multi-million-pound export order for a two hundred and fifty-passenger river catamaran.

The vessel will be operated by the Central Danube Region Marketing & Development GmbH’s Twin City Liner, a tourist service running on the River Danube between Vienna and Bratislava, joining two European capital cities.

The delivery of the thirty-nine-metre vessel follows other successful deliveries, a second forty-one-metre-high speed passenger ferry to Red Funnel and a twenty-one-metre day cruise catamaran for Loch Ness to Scotland’s Jacobite Cruises.

“Twin City Liner in Vienna, our first export order, follows domestic orders for Red Funnel and MBNA Thames Clippers, both of which we secured against international competition. Our reputation for building the finest high-speed ferries in the world is spreading, making the prospects for Wight Shipyard look healthy. Our strong order book is a big vote of confidence for our Isle of Wight shipwrights, the marine industry and indeed the UK economy,” says Wight Shipyard CEO Peter Morton.

The new vessel is a low wash, round bilge catamaran designed by Incat Crowther. The Danube presents a challenging operating environment with currents up to 8 knots and water depths in the main navigation channel as low as 100 cm. The hull form is designed to cope with any water conditions reasonably expected on the river, being able to resist floating timber and debris. As a restricted waterway it is imperative that wave wash is minimised.

The vessel is powered by four Scania DI16 072M main engines, each producing 809 kW at 2300 rpm. Capable of reaching a maximum speed of 38 knots, the vessel will sail on the Danube at a service speed of 32.4 knots at modest Maximum Continuous Rating.

The engine rooms provide crews with maximum access, with all machinery arranged in the same space. Both the engine rooms and jet rooms are designed so that the engines, generators and water jets can be removed without slipping the vessel or damaging the superstructure or hull.

“Since 2006 Central Danube Region Marketing & Development GmbH has been operating successfully with more than 148,000 passengers experiencing the service between Vienna and Bratislava each year using two high speed catamarans. With this new vessel, we will cater for projected traffic growth, achieve much better operating economies of scale, greatly reduce our environmental footprint and at the same time be able to offer a comfortable and exciting high-speed transit along this beautiful waterway,” says Dr Gerd Krämer, Managing Director of Twin City Liner.

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