Wight Shipyard Co has secured its first multi-million-pound export order for a 250-passenger river catamaran to operate for Central Danube Region Marketing & Development’s Twin City Liner – a tourist service running on the River Danube between Vienna and Bratislava.
“This order for 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,” said Wight Shipyard chief executive Peter Morton.
“Our reputation for building the finest high-speed ferries in the world is spreading, making the prospects for Wight Shipyard look healthy. Our strong orderbook is a big vote of confidence for our Isle of Wight shipwrights, the marine industry and indeed the UK economy.”
The new vessel will be a low-wash round-bilge catamaran designed by Incat Crowther. Wight Shipyard said in a statement that “the Danube presents a challenging operating environment with currents up to eight knots and water depths in the main navigation channel as low as 100 cm. The hull form is designed to cope with 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.”
Commenting on the hull, Incat Crowther said “The hull is designed to be highly efficient and operate at level trim, giving the vessel a top speed of 38 knots and a reliable service speed of 32 knots. Performance is aided by custom-designed interceptors.”
It added that the vessel’s structural design uses “advanced engineering to reduce weight whilst remaining robust”. A specific anchoring system has been developed to assist docking in high current conditions.
The vessel will be powered by a quartet of Scania DI16 main engines, each producing 809 kW, driving Rolls Royce S40-3 water jets. Large hatches over the main engines and gearboxes enhance maintenance access.