AUSTRALIAN marine engineering company Incat Crowther has been tasked with designing a new second-generation passenger ferry for a company in Singapore.

Majestic Fast Ferry commissioned the 39-metre ferry as the basis of a future fleet.

Incat Crowther’s range with the Cahaya Samudra Shipyard covers four vessels lengths; 29 metres, 32 metres, 39 metres and 42 metres. All four designs are now already in their second generation.

Eleven of Majestic’s first-generation Incat Crowther / PT Cahaya Samudra vessels were sold to operators in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the South Pacific and have been replaced in service by second generation vessels.

The order brings the number of second generation Incat Crowther-designed and PT Cahaya Samudra-built 39-metre vessels to 13.

This is addition to three second generation 42-metre vessels launched less in the past 12 months.

Once the new fleet of second generation 39-metre passenger ferries is finalised, there would be more than 40 vessels designed and delivered by Incat Crowther and PT Cahaya Samudra in service worldwide.

Incat Crowther CEO Brett Crowther demand for the first generation vessels on the used market indicated the vessels were a “smart investment” for operators around the world.

“With over forty first or second generation Incat Crowther passenger ferries now either under construction or in operation around the world, this range of Incat Crowther passenger ferry has proven operational capabilities and longevity for operators,” Mr Crowther said.

“The fact that Majestic could confidently sell its fleet of first generation Incat Crowther ferries to allow it to invest in a larger replacement fleet, proves this class of ferry can be a sound, strategic investment for operators.

“Not only do these vessels form a reliable fleet, but Incat Crowther’s team of naval architects also work closely with operators to tailor each vessel to their unique customer and operational requirements.”

The second-generation 39-metre vessels can transport up to 312 passengers at a speed of 32 knots and feature a range of design improvements that build on the proven capabilities of the first-generation ferries.

Incat Crowther designed the vessel to provide fuel efficiency gains for operators.