Incat Crowther announces the launch of the 34m Catamaran Passenger Ferry, Ava Pearl. Built by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding in Massachusetts, USA, Ava Pearl has been delivered to Rhode Island Fast Ferry, where it will contribute to an expansion of operations.
As a long-time operator of Incat Crowther ferries, Rhode Island Fast Ferry turned to Gladding Hearn and Incat Crowther to develop and build a ferry with twin engines and propellers, with a view to more efficient operation. Designed specifically for the operation, the lighter, simpler vessel is driven by propellers.
Ava Pearl has entered service, replacing the former Boston Harbor Cruises vessel Millennium (also designed by Incat Crowther) on the ferry run between Quonset Point and Martha’s Vineyard. This has freed up Millennium to increase its sightseeing cruise operation, which will now run daily.
Ava Pearl features 130 seats on the main deck, configured at tables. A large bar is situated aft, with ample luggage racks and toilet spaces. The upper deck features 81 seats in forward-facing configuration, with further seats located outdoors on the aft deck.
The vessel features both trim-tab ride control and a resilient mounted superstructure. Combined with an S-Bow hull form, these features afford Ava Pearl’s passengers a smooth and comfortable ride.
Ava Pearl is powered by two MTU 12V4000 M53 main engines, each producing 1850hp. In recent trials, she achieved a loaded speed of 31.5 knots and has a top speed of 33 knots.
Incat Crowther is proud of its long term relationships with operators such as Rhode Island Fast Ferry and yards like Gladding Hearn. Incat Crowther continues to offer the latest design technology to help operators improve efficiency and deliver improved service.
Shipbuilding Tribune Staff, July 30, 2012; Image: incatcrowther