Australian marine architects Incat Crowther said it has won a contract to design a 1,000-passenger high-speed RoPax ferry to operate between China and Taiwan.
To be built by AFAI Southern Shipyard in China, the Incat Crowther 113 vessel will be operated by Fujian Strait Shipping Co (CSF) between Pingtan Island and the Taiwanese cities of Taichung, Taipei and Kaohsiung. The ferry will have two vehicle decks capable of carrying 230 cars or 42 cargo containers. The passenger cabin will have seating for 1,000 people in a mix of economy and business class. Amenities include a duty-free store and cafe. The vessel will be powered by four MTU 20V8000 M71L main engines, each producing 9100 kW at 1,150 rpm. Propulsion is by four Rolls Royce water jets, with power transmission via ZF gearboxes. Auxiliary power is provided by Caterpillar gensets.