Incat 130 m Train Ferry

By Keith Henderson at April 10, 2012 07:52
Filed Under: Company News

Once a familiar sight at ferry docks, the boat train or train ferry has disappeared from many ports as freight is containerized and passengers prefer to fly. Incat, Australian builder of fast ferries has produced a design for a modern day fast train ferry with a capacity for 44 container or special wagons aimed at speeding up rail freight across water.

Caption: Side view of the Incat 130 m Train Ferry
Image credit: Incat

The design follows the Incat preference for a catamaran hull offering speed with stability over deep or shallow water and built in accordance with DNV High Speed and Light Craft rules and IMO high Speed Code (HSC 2000) plus other IMO regulations in force at time or ordering.

The vessel has a 1,700 dwt with a LOA of 426 ft (130 m), beam of 104 ft (32 m) and a maximum draft of 13 ft (4 m). Propulsion is by four medium speed MAN 20V28/33D diesels each rated at 12,064 hp (9 MW) at 1,000 rpm. Each engine drives a ZF reduction gearbox and powers a Wärtsilä LJX 1500 SR waterjet, configured for steering and reverse. The speed running with 200 tons deadweight is 39+ kn and fully laden with 1,700 t speeds in excess of 30 kn can be expected.

In addition to the 900 rail lane meters on the main deck, there is an upper deck for road vehicles and passenger accommodation for up to 200 passengers and crew. Up to 1,500 passengers may be accommodated with alternative layouts.


Caption: Artist impression of the Incat Train Ferry loading railway wagons
Image credit: Incat

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