FBM Marine Introduces New Generation Of Fast Catamarans, Ferry Craft And Crewboats

FBM Marine, formerly known as Fairey Marinteknik, recently introduced the Oregrund, a 134-1/2-foot catamaran, the first of a new generation of fast catamarans, fast ferry craft and crewboats.

The craft is a single-deck catamaran designed to carry 360 passengers in spacious, quiet and comfortable cabins, at a fully loaded cruise speed of 38 knots between Hong Kong and Macao.

The catamaran is fitted with two MTU 16V 396 TB 84 engines, each producing 1,940 kw, and driving two Marinjet Power System waterjets.

The control system for the jets incorporates an automatic maneuvering system which enables the craft to be moved sideways from its berth, and to be turned on its own axis. It is fitted with the Marindesign pitch damping system (PDC) with an onboard computer constantly monitoring the trim of the vessel, utilizing the specially designed trim tabs to reduce any movement, particularly in head seas.

The Group currently has two more 134-1/2- foot Marinjet catamarans under construction; four 111-1/2-foot versions and two 134-1/2-foot Marinjet Monohulls. Additionally, the world's first Fast Displacement Catamaran is under construction at the FBM Marine yard in Cowes.

The U.S. agent for FBM Marine is Atlantic Marine Inc., Fort George Island, Fla.

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