Mexican operator orders two fast ferries

Mexico’s largest ferry operator Ultramar has placed an order for two fast ferries at Isle of Wight shipyard Wight Shipyard Company.

The 37-metre by 8.7-metre Ultramar twins will provide accommodation for 459 passengers over three decks.

The engine rooms are designed so the two MTU marine diesel engines, which produce 1,500kW at 1800rpm, can be removed without slipping the vessel or damaging the superstructure or hull.

The IMO Tier II vessels will have a service speed of 24 knots at 75 per cent maximum continuous rating (MCR).

Ultramar operates a fleet of ferries between Cancún, Isla Mujeres and Cozumel ports in the Quintana Roo Peninsula.

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