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Monday, June 24, 2019 

Incat Crowther has been awarded a contract to design a 65m catamaran passenger ferry for operation in South Korea.

The Incat Crowther 65 will be built by Khan Co of Geoje-si, Korea and operated by Dolphin Shipping. It will provide a vital link between Pohang, on mainland Korea and the island of Ulleungdo. It will be the first locally-built high-speed ferry on the route.

Incat Crowther will work with Khan to develop the construction capability for aluminium high speed light vessels, in compliance with IMO HSC Code and local Korean Register of Shipping (KRS) regulations. According to Incat Crowther, this 'technology transfer' is a key feature of its design service, allowing builders to benefit from industry expertise.

Tentatively named Dolphin 3, the vessel will carry 710 passengers over two decks, with a crew accommodation module aft.

Due to its size and seakeeping characteristics, the Incat Crowther 65 will be more capable in rougher seas than existing vessels on the route, significantly improving on the number of days the service is run.

As a vital transport connection to Ulleung-do, Dolphin Shipping is planning to offer a new level of speed and comfort. The new vessel will take an hour off the operator’s current vessel’s journey. It is anticipated that the improved speed comfort and operability will make a substantial difference to the lives of island residents and the journey of visiting tourists.

Dolphin 3 will be powered by quad 3,700kW main engines driving Rolls Royce Kamewa S80-4 waterjets. The vessel will operate at 39.5 knots.

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