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Tuesday, July 30, 2019 

Australian designer Incat Crowther has announced the delivery of a pair of Incat Crowther 37 passenger ferries to Mexico’s largest operator Ultramar, following completion at Wight Shipyard in the UK.

Lady D and Lady A will join an extensive fleet of Incat Crowther-designed vessels. With capacity for 459 passengers, the two new vessels have been built to high quality standards, notably higher than a regular commuter ferry. The vessels feature Ultramar’s signature high-tech fitout with advanced entertainment systems and advanced LED lighting. Incat Crowther worked closely with Wight Shipyard to balance the operator’s fitout requirements in a way that did not excessively impact the vessel’s performance, with the final product being delivered below the predicted weight.

The main deck features three pairs of boarding ramps; two pairs aft and a pair forward. The aft-most pair is dedicated to cargo movements, leading straight to the aft cargo area. Forward of this, a passenger ramp feeds straight to the main passenger cabin as well as to the stairs to the upper deck.

The platform was optimised early in the design process for efficient operation with twin MTU 12V4000 M63 main engines. Operating at modest MCR, this package delivers high efficiency whilst minimising wear and tear and extending maintenance intervals.

The vessels comfortably achieved a trial speed of 31 knots.

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