Kamewa waterjets for two fast ferries

2023-07-01T10:47:31+00:00 June 30th, 2023|Technology|

Kongsberg Maritime has won the contract to supply its Kamewa waterjets for two fast ferries to be built by Singapore’s Penguin Shipyard on behalf of a Middle East interest.

Each of the new 56 m ropaxes will be equipped with four Kongsberg Kamewa 71 S-4 waterjets and control systems.

Designed by Incat Crowther UK, the ferries will have a capacity of 250 pax and 25 cars.

The 71 S-4s are from the Kongsberg Kamewa Steel series of waterjets, with a maximum power of 3,600 kW each.

They were ordered by Abu Dhabi Ports Group (ADP) and will replace two older ferries that connect the UAE mainland and Dalma Island, which is 42 km offshore.

“Penguin Shipyard is a very important customer for Kongsberg, and this order gives us the opportunity to strengthen our new relationship. This order also shows our strength and capability in the fast ferry market, which is a key segment for Kongsberg Kamewa Waterjets,” said Jay Chia, Sales Director Waterjets, Asia/Pacific, Kongsberg Maritime.

Penguin International’s Managing Director, James Tham, added, “Kongsberg was our logical choice for this project. They supported us from the pre-tender stage all the way to contract award.

“Top-of-the-line propulsion is a key element in many of our Flex workboats, particularly crew transfer vessels for offshore wind farms. Kongsberg is a reliable partner for best-in-class products and worldwide service support,” Tham added.

Penguin International is a Singapore-based designer, builder, and operator of aluminium high-speed craft. Since 1995, Penguin has delivered close to 200 aluminium workboats, patrol craft and ferries, as well as offshore wind farm crew transfer vessels.