Noumea operator orders second ferry with Austal

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February 9, 2011

Tourism operator, Mary D Enterprises, has selected Austal to design and construct a 35 metre high speed monohull passenger ferry, heralding the second Austal-built vessel for the Noumea-based company.

The new vessel will be one of only a small number of monohull ferries that are fully compliant with the International Maritime Organisation High Speed Craft (HSC) Code 2000. This is a significant step for Mary D Enterprises in modernising its fleet and in maintaining compliance with French regulations that now require adoption of the full HSC Code on all high speed vessels flying the French Flag.

The ferry will be powered by three MTU 12V2000 engines coupled to Hamilton waterjets giving a speed of 34 knots. It will be built at Austal’s Western Australian facility and is scheduled for delivery in November 2011.

The ferry is principally intended for operation between Noumea and Amadee Island, but will also service other locations on New Caledonia’s south and west coasts. The new vessel will be joining the Austal-built “Mary D Dolphin”, which has transported more than 300,000 passengers on the Amadee Island route since its delivery in 1998, and will carry 138 passengers on two decks.

Vessel Specifications

Principal Particulars

Length overall: 35.20 metres
Length waterline: 30.70 metres
Beam (moulded): 7.00 metres
Depth (moulded): 2.70 metres

Hull draft (approx): 1.30 metres


Passengers: 138

Crew: 12


Main engines: 3 x MTU 12V2000M72 (IMO Tier 2 compliant)

Propulsion: 3 x Hamilton HM 521


Speed: 34 knots


Lloyds Register +100A1 SSC Passenger(A), Mono HSC, LDC, G3, LMC

Flag: French Flag

Photo credit: Austal

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