Richardson Devine Marine Constructions in Hobart, Tasmania are proud to announce the launch and delivery of Kilimanjaro VII, a 45m catamaran passenger ferry for Azam Marine of Tanzania, Africa. This vessel is the seventh vessel built for the operator by Richardson Devine Marine to supply a passenger ferry service between Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar. As per the previous six vessels, Sydney based Naval Architects, Incat Crowther, are responsible for the design and engineering.
Setting a new benchmark in passenger comfort and quality fit out, the vessel seats 224 passengers in its main deck Business cabin, 72 VIP passengers and 18 Royal Class passengers in luxurious lie flat seats on the mid deck, with the remainder being economy passengers in separate areas over three decks. VIP and Royal class passengers enjoy dedicated personal entertainment screens with a food and beverage ordering service incorporated into the system. A major enhancement from earlier vessels is the relocation of the wheelhouse to the third deck. This configuration results in panoramic windows forward on the mid deck for the Royal Class passengers, creating a class-leading experience for occupants of this high-revenue space.
The expansive wheelhouse is full width with internal wing stations and four forward facing elevated crew seats for Master, Mate and engineers. There is a comfortable bank of arm chairs for travelling company executives or perhaps Government Ministers.
To facilitate efficient boarding of passengers and luggage the 500-passenger, 35 knot vessel features a parallel boarding system from ship based electrically operated, hinged boarding access ways. There are four passenger access entries per side with level-adjusting boarding stairs and a dedicated cargo access ramp. VIP and Royal Class passengers board into a discreet stair tower directly to the upper deck cabin. Main deck Business passengers also board midships with Economy passengers boarding aft. Luggage trolley movements are managed safely using a high-speed winch mounted in the luggage room overhead. The luggage room houses up to 10 tonnes of luggage and cargo. The boarding system ensures passenger classes and luggage trolleys are segregated, reducing turnaround time and improving safety, whilst promoting exclusivity for the higher yield passengers.
Kilimanjaro VII is the first fast passenger vessel to use a pair of Cummins QSK95-M main engines driving Rolls Royce / Kongsberg waterjets through ZF gearboxes. The large twin-engine solution is an effective way of providing more speed whilst avoiding the through-life cost and complexity of a four-engine power train. Engine room accessibility is improved over a four-engine arrangement, and maintenance and operational requirements are reduced.
Kilimanjaro VII excelled in sea trials, operating at a fully loaded speed of 30 knots at low proportion of MCR to offer very long engine life. She has a top speed in excess of 37 knots and has proven extremely smooth and quiet. For passenger comfort and to assist seakeeping the vessel is fitted with a Naiad active interceptor system, whilst IMO HSC code-compliant stability enhances her safety credentials.
Richardson Devine Marine Constructions have enjoyed a relationship with Azam Marine in excess of ten years and have worked with the owner and his people to enhance and develop their shoreside infrastructure and procedures to maximise efficiencies whilst delivering good looking, fuel efficient, robust vessels that have proven their reliability in a harsh operating environment.
|Name of vessel:||Kilimanjaro VII|
|Type of vessel:||Fast Passenger Catamaran|
|Classification:||DNV Stucture and Stability / NSCV Fitout and Safety|
|Port of registry:||Zanzibar|
|Year of completion:||2019|
|Date of delivery:||Aug-19|
|Owner:||Kilimanjaro Fast Ferries Ltd|
|Operator||Kilimanjaro Fast Ferries Ltd|
|Builder:||Richardson Devine Marine Constructions Pty Ltd|
|Construction material:||Marine grade aluminium|
|Main engine/s:||2 x Cummins QSK 95 – 3600hp each|
|Gearbox/s:||2 x ZF 9050 NR|
|Propulsion:||2 x Waterjets – Rolls Royce/Kongsberg 80 G4|
|Generator/s:||2 x Cummins 6-CP 136 DM/5 136ekw, 1 x Onan MDKDR/12503 17.5kW|
|Steering system:||Rolls Royce/Kongsberg waterjet|
|Maximum speed:||34 knots|
|Cruising speed:||30 knots|
|Radar/s:||2 x Furuno 12kW|
|Compass/es:||Furuna Sat Compass|
|AIS:||Furuno Class A|
|Audio video system:||Bazeport|
|Paints/coatings:||Wattyl polyurethane above water. International 1100SR underwater|
|Seating:||Eknes / Beurteaux|
|Floor/deck surface finishes:||Tarkett, Armstrong|
|Interior fitout/furnishings:||Ayres composite panels,|
|Rescue boat/s:||Highfield Non Solas 3.8m|
|Type of fuel:||Diesel|
|Fuel capacity:||22000 litres|
|Freshwater capacity:||2000 litres|
|Sewage/blackwater capacity:||3000 litres|
|Accommodation:||8 crew berths|
|Type of operations envisaged:||Day voyages between Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar|
|Operational area:||Dar Es Salaam – Tanzania|