INCAT Crowther has been tasked with delivering two new ro-pax catamarans for Abu Dhabi Ports Group.

The Australia-headquartered shipbuilder was commissioned alongside Penguin Shipyard International, a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore based shipbuilder Penguin International.

The new vessels will be built by Penguin International in Indonesia and will be designed to transport up to 194 passengers and 25 vehicles.

Ed Dudson, Incat Crowther’s managing director – Europe, said the shipbuilder has experience delivering ro-pax ferries to operators around the world.

“This exciting project will see Incat Crowther’s team of digital shipbuilders and naval architects working closely with Penguin Shipyard International and Abu Dhabi Ports Group to deliver two, state-of-the-art, tailored passenger vehicles ferries,” he said.

“The two vessels are now under construction in Penguin’s Batam shipyard and we’re looking forward to trials taking place next year.”

The new vessels are to replace two older vessels in the Abu Dhabi Ports Group fleet and service Delma Island from Jebel Dhanna on the UAE mainland.

Incat Crowther said the vessels’ vehicle decks would allow for quick roll-on and roll-off operations, and elevated wheelhouses would provide the captain with clear lines of sight while. The bridge deck also features a crew mess for the vessel’s 10 crew.

The vessels were designed specifically for local environmental conditions with the inclusion of four MTU engines and Kamewa 71 S-4 waterjets.

Incat Crowther said they would be capable of travelling at a service speed of 35 knots.