Wight Shipyard Co (WSC) has won an order to build a 21 m passenger catamaran for Scotland’s Jacobite Cruises.
The order, the second for the Isle of Wight-based shipyard in as many weeks, follows the announcement of a second 41 m high speed craft for Red Funnel.
The new Scottish vessel will join the Jacobite Cruises’ fleet on Loch Ness cruising between Dochgarroch and Urquhart Castle.
Wight Shipyard Co chief executive Peter Morton said “Coming a matter of days after the announcement of a repeat Red Funnel order and following the recent delivery to MBNA Thames Clippers of two 35 m low-wash river catamarans for London, the order for Jacobite Cruises’ new catamaran underpins WSC’s track record in building sustainable and low environmental impact vessels.”
Designed by One2three Naval Architects, the hullform of the new catamaran is designed to provide through-life efficiency with low structural weight assisting lower fuel consumption.
The catamaran will accommodate 200 passengers who will board over the forward and aft decks. The aft deck will seat 13 passengers while the foredeck will have 15 seats and will be fitted with hinged boarding ramps.
The vessel will be powered by two Scania DI9 main engines, each producing 257 kW at 2100 rpm.
“Jacobite Cruises is seeing incredible growth and last year we welcomed over 220,000 passengers onto the waters of Loch Ness,” said Jacobite Cruises managing director Freda Newton.
“The new catamaran to be built by Wight Shipyard Co continues our investment in our business, our people and our fleet so we can offer the very best visitor experience. We have been most impressed by Wight Shipyard’s skills and in particular, the quality of finish in their vessels built to date,” she said.
The new vessel will be delivered in time for the 2018 summer season.