Incat Crowther has launched the Mary Reibey and Annabelle Rankin, the second and third in a series of 24m catamaran passenger ferries for Captain Cook Cruises. Built by Richardson Devine Marine, the 73’5″x23’8″x7’3″vessels follow on from Elizabeth Cook, launched late last year.
Elizabeth Cook currently operates in the Sydney Ferry Network including the low wash/shallow water zones on the Parramatta River and across Sydney Heads to Manly.
During the development of this new class of vessel, efforts were made to reduce through-life operating costs, including a focus on low fuel usage and reducing ongoing maintenance costs.
Mary Reibey and Annabelle Rankin have an optimized blend of interior and exterior spaces. The vessels are certified to carry 127 passengers in 1C coastal operation and 198 passengers in 1D/1E harbour operation. They are powered by a pair of Scania DI13 070M main engines. The vessel cruises efficiently at 25 knots, with a top speed of 27 knots. Large hinged engine hatches provide ample access to the engine rooms for day-to-day maintenance tasks.