Incat Crowther announced the launch and delivery of Krotoa which is the first Flex Ferry developed in conjunction with Penguin Shipyard. The Incat Crowther designed vessel has been delivered to South Africa’s Robben Island Museum. It takes its name from the famous prison’s first female political prisoner.
It is Penguin Shipyard’s first passenger ferry stock build program. The second vessel will be completed in the coming weeks.
The Flex Ferry sets a new benchmark by carrying 285 passengers leaving a mark of efficiency beyond its competitors. The vessel shows ‘excellent handling and maneuverability characteristics’.
Krotoa is featured with boarding locations aft and amidships. It also has foredeck access which gives it great operational flexibility. Large luggage racks are also available on the main deck. It also has stairs to the upper deck. Crew accommodation and bathrooms are located on the main deck.
Accommodation for more 89 passengers along with 2 toilets is present upstairs. The half-height wheelhouse affords excellent visibility. The aft outboard corners of the upper deck are cut away to give unencumbered engine removal paths.
Twin Caterpillar C32 ACERT main engines with each producing 1081kW powers the Krotoa. It also has driving optimized, high efficiency fixed pitch propellers.
The Flex Ferry is classed by Bureau Veritas to 2000 HSC Code Category A. Penguin is one of the largest aluminum vessel builders in the world, strengthening their position in the market with a world-class ferry offering designed by a world-leading design firm.
Reference: Incat Crowther