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.

Technical Information
Name of vessel: Kilimanjaro VII
Type of vessel: Fast Passenger Catamaran
IMO Number: 9887554
Classification: DNV Stucture and Stability / NSCV Fitout and Safety
Port of registry: Zanzibar
Flag: Tanzania
Year of completion: 2019
Date of delivery: Aug-19
Owner: Kilimanjaro Fast Ferries Ltd
Operator Kilimanjaro Fast Ferries Ltd
Designer: Incat Crowther
Builder: Richardson Devine Marine Constructions Pty Ltd
Construction material: Marine grade aluminium
Length overall: 44.9m
Length waterline: 42.9m
Length bp: 42.9m
Beam: 11.5m
Draught: 1.5m
Depth: 4.25m
Displacement: 250t
Deadweight tonnage: 63t
Gross tonnage: 681
Net tonnage: 234
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
Depth sounder/s: Furuno
Radio/s: Icom
Satcom: Sea Tel
Autopilot: Simrad
Compass/es: Furuna Sat Compass
GPS: Furuno
Plotters: Furuno
AIS: Furuno Class A
Audio video system: Bazeport
Capstan/windlass: Muir
Alarm system/s: C-Zone
Paints/coatings: Wattyl polyurethane above water. International 1100SR underwater
Windows: Gjames
Seating: Eknes / Beurteaux
Lighting: LED
Floor/deck surface finishes: Tarkett, Armstrong
Interior fitout/furnishings: Ayres composite panels,
Safety equipment: RFD
Liferaft/s: RFD
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
Crew: 10
Passengers: 504
Type of operations envisaged: Day voyages between Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar
Operational area: Dar Es Salaam – Tanzania
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