Incat Crowther and Penguin Shipyard launched a new Flex Ferry

Incat Crowther and Penguin Shipyard launched a new Flex Ferry
Photo: Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther has announced the launch and delivery of Krotoa, the first Flex Ferry developed in conjunction with Penguin Shipyard.

The Incat Crowther designed vessel has been delivered to South Africa’s Robben Island Museum and takes its name from the famous prison’s first female political prisoner. It is the first of Penguin Shipyard’s passenger ferry stock build program.The second vessel will be completed in the coming weeks.

Carrying 285 passengers, the Flex Ferry sets a new benchmark, offering efficiency and seakeeping beyond its competitors. The vessel also exhibits excellent handling and maneuverability characteristics. 

Krotoa features boarding locations aft and amidships, as well as foredeck access, giving it great operational flexibility. Large luggage racks greet passengers as they boar amidships on the main deck, in addition to stairs to the upper deck. Crew accommodation and bathrooms are located aft on the main deck.

Upstairs, a further 89 passengers are accommodated, as well as a further 2 toilets. The half-height wheelhouse affords excellent visibility, whilst the aft outboard corners of the upper deck are cut away to give unencumbered engine removal paths. 

Krotoa is powered by twin Caterpillar C32 ACERT main engines, each producing 1081kW and driving optimized, high efficiency fixed pitch propellers.

The Flex Ferry is classed by Bureau Veritas to 2000 HSC Code Category A. Penguin is one of the largest aluminium vessel builders in the world, strengthening their position in the market with a world-class ferry offering designed by a world leading design firm.