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Austal Delivers Lilia
Concepcion To Venezuela
Ferry services to Venezuela's Margarita Island will be improved with the delivery of a second 282-ft. (86-m) vehicle/passenger catamaran to Conferry.
Built by Austal Ships, Lilia Concepcion will join a fleet that already includes a similar Austal fast ferry,
Carmen Ernestina. delivered in 1999.
The aluminum catamaran offers a more direct ser- vice for up to 828 passengers and 243 cars, and has been configured to carry trucks — another first for the Venezuelan fast ferry industry. For Conferry, this capability provides a year round source of income to supplement its more seasonal tourist traffic, while freight companies benefit from a significant reduc- tion in transit time compared to the alternative of dri- ving to Puerto La Cruz and taking a slower conven- tional ferry.
The addition of truck capability is one of a number of significant differences between Lilia Concepcion and Conferry's first Auto Express 86. Featuring bow and stern doors for drive-through operation, the garage deck has also been enhanced with a hoistable mezzanine deck. With this raised, 10 trucks may be carried in the three central lanes, which are strength- ened for an axle loads of up to 12 tons. When the deck is lowered, a total of 243 cars can be carried, 21.5 percent more than on Carmen Ernestina.
Using the same propulsion package as Carmen
Ernestina (4 x Caterpillar 3618 diesels each driving a
Kamewa waterjet), Austal's latest Auto Express 86 achieved a loaded speed of just under 41 knots at 90 percent power during sea trials. This represents an increase of 1.5 knots over the contract speed. To ensure that the passengers' journey is as comfortable as it is fast, the vessel is fitted with a Seastate Motion
Control System incorporating active interceptors aft.
Forward T-foils are not considered necessary for
Conferry's service, however provision has been made to allow these to be retrofitted in the future if desired.
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Classification Germanischer Lloyd
Length, (o.a.) 284 ft. (86.6 m)
Length Waterline 243 ft. (74.2 m)
Beam, (molded) 79 ft. (24 m)
Hull Depth, (molded).. 25 ft. (7.6 m)
Maximum draft 10 ft. (3.2 m)
Maximum dwt 400 tons
Passengers 828 30
Vehicles . .243 cars, or 10 trucks (30t each) and approximately 40 cars
Fuel (maximum) 160,000 liters
Engines .. .4 x Caterpillar 3618; 7200kW at 1050rpm
Gearboxes: 4 x Reintjes VLJ 6831
Wateijets 4 x Kamewa 112 SII
Speed 40.95 knots at 90% MCR with 340 tons of deadweight
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Spanish Yard To Build Snoehvit Barge
IZAR Fene Shipyard has been ordered by Norway's Statoil for the construction of a barge to support a gas liq- uefaction plant. The LNG barge, scheduled to be completed in August 2003, will house on its deck approxi- mately 24,000 tons of processing equipment for the plant, which will convert natural gas from the Snohvit field into liquefied natural gas (LNG). Witlrthe barge measuring 505 x 177 x 29 ft. (154 x 54 x 9 m) with a net 8,500- ton weight of steel, about 70 cargoes of LNG per year will be shipped out from this floating plant. The deal was signed on June 28 in Munich by Statoil's Fabrication Director,
Odvar Birkedal, and the Spanish yard Managing Director.
Santiago Garcia, for the unit to be located in the harsh weath- er environment of the Barents Sea, close to the Melk0ya island, in northern Norway. Snoehvit has recoverable reserves of 193 bn cubic meters of gas and 113-m barrels of condensate. The vessel is due to start production in 2006.
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