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MARINE design company Incat Crowther has launched the newest addition to a fleet of ferries operating out of Townsville, Queensland.

Maggie Cat will operate as local ferry company Sealink’s flagship service to nearby Magnetic Island. It complements Coolgaree Cat, another Incat Crowther ferry which entered service in late 2020.

Incat Crowther said both vessels were developed in close collaboration with Sealink with a goal of efficiency and durability in the open waters off Townsville.

Maggie Cat’s fuel burn is reportedly the same as the vessel it replaces, despite being a more sea-capable vessel with increased amenities.

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The designers highlighted Maggie Cat’s sundeck as a “real draw card” for visitors to the island. The sundeck was designed to seat 48 people and allows 360-degree visibility making it “a great platform for whale watching”.

Incat Crowther said the vessel is fitted with twin Caterpillar C32 engines, delivering 895kW each. Propulsion is via fixed-pitch Veem Interceptor propellers.

In recent sea trials, Maggie Cat exceeded 31 knots. The vessel has a fuel-efficient fully loaded operational speed of 25 knots at low main engine MCR, offering increased time between main engine overhauls.

“Brisbane-based shipbuilders Commercial Marine Australia executed an exceptional build quality, supported by MET Services and Ultimate Marine Power,” Incat Crowther said.

“CMA and Incat Crowther’s partnership and thoughtful innovation in delivering Maggie Cat has surpassed the client’s expectations and is now having a real impact within the North Queensland fleet, becoming a firm favourite with crew and passengers.”

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