Leonora Christina - Austal’s Largest Catamaran Ferry

By Keith Henderson at May 19, 2011 02:53
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Austal’s Auto Express 113 Class catamaran ferry Leonora Christina was handed over this week to her Danish owners Færgen A/S (formerly Nordic Ferry Services). The delivery voyage from the Henderson shipyard, Western Australia to Denmark by the 12 man crew is scheduled to take 22 days, allowing scheduled ferry operations between Ronne on the Danish island of Bornholm and Ystad in south east Sweden to commence in mid June 2011.

The main dimensions are: LOA 86 ft (112.6 m), beam 86 ft (26.2 m) and maximum draft 16 ft (4.85 m), maximum deadweight 1,102 tons (1,000 tonnes). Although shorter that Austal’s 417 ft (127 m) trimaran ferry Benchijigua Express in terms of carrying capacity with 1400 passengers and 357 cars, the vessel is one of the world’s largest high speed ferries and has the highest vehicle-passenger capacity of any Austal built vessel. Due to the vessel’s size the 187 ton (170 tonne) upper deck “super unit” could only be fitted after the hull emerged the fabrication hall

The vessel’s wheelhouse extends across the full width of the vessel, providing the crew with maximum visibility especially in winter fog, snow and other adverse conditions. It is equipped with Austal’s Marine Link fully integrated monitoring and control system providing the ship’s engineers with the ability to monitor and control the vessel’s safety, propulsion, generating and other operationally critical systems.

Propulsion is provided by four MAN 20V 28/33D medium speed diesel engines each rated at 12,064 hp (9,000 kW) at 1,000 rpm. The engines are arranged in an offset tandem configuration, two per hull driving four Rolls-Royce KaMeWa 125 SIIINP water jets via Reintjes 7541 transmissions. Maximum speed is 40 kn with a service speed at 90 per cent MCR of 37.6 kn.

Caption: Austal’s Auto Express 113 Class catamaran ferry Leonora Christina undergoing
acceptance trials prior to this week’s handover to her Danish owners Færgen.
Image credit: Austal Ships

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