Crowther Hull, Cummins Power for New Catamaran
Blount-Barker Shipbuilding of Warren Road Island (http://www.blountbarker.com/) have begun cutting aluminum for a 124-foot whale watching catamaran. The vessel will have four Cummins KTA50 M2 engines rated for 1800 HP each at 1900 RPM for a total 7200 HP. The engines will turn into ZF4600D marine gears linked to four Hamilton HM651 water jets. Auxiliary power will be provided by a pair of Cummins Onan 95 Kw generator sets. (www.northeast.cummins.com)
The 124'' x 36'' catamaran designed with a main, mid and upper deck will accommodate 444 passengers at an operating speed of 40 knots. The vessel’s structure will be designed to DNV Rules and Regulations for the classification of high-speed light craft and built to U.S. Coast Guard Subchapter K Rules and Regulations. The boat is being built to a design from Crowther Multihulls of Australia. (http://www.crowther.com.au) This will be their largest North American boat to date following on successful Cummins powered 20-metre vessels from Kvichak Marine International. The boat's assignment will be as a whale watch vessel based in Bar Harbor Maine. Delivery of the KTA50 main engines is scheduled for December of this year with the vessel being delivered to the owners in the spring of 2003.
Blount-Barker president Jim Blount reports that the yard is currently negotiating with other customers for follow up vessels.
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