MTU-Powered High-Speed Catamaran, Built To New Flying Cat Design, Delivered By Kvaerner Fjellstrand

The new Flying Cat high-speed catamaran from Kvaerner Fjellstrand of Norway represents one of the most advanced vessels of its kind in the world. A first unit built to this design, the Kommandoren, was recently delivered to west Norwegian ferry operator Fylkesbaatane, and is now in operation.

Fjellstrand has drawn on experience from building some 30 of its 127-foot catamarans for owners in 18 different countries worldwide in designing and constructing the Flying Cat series.

The Kvaerner Flying Cat features, apart from modernized design, important changes both externally and internally. Seakeeping characteristics have been improved by incorporating flares in the tunnel between the twin hulls. This causes waves to break before they hit the tunnel roof, improving overall seakeeping and ensuring a comfortable journey even in high seas.

The 131-foot-long by 33-footwide Kommandoren, which can accommodate 252 passengers, is powered by two MTU 16V TB 84 engines with KaMeWa water jets, providing a service speed of 37 knots. It is classified Det norske Veritas 1A1 Light Craft, and will operate in a regular service between Bergen and the county of Sogn further to the north, while switching to charter traffic during the summer months.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 63,  Jul 1990 Florida

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