VESSEL REVIEW | Zanzibar 1 – First of high-speed ferry pair brings efficiency and comfort to Tanzania

Best Medium Ferry - Zanzibar 1

On November 28, the first of a pair of 50-metre, high-speed passenger ferries, named Zanzibar 1, was delivered to Zan Fast Ferries Company of Tanzania. The sister ship, Zanzibar 2, will undergo sea trials at the end of December, and will be delivered shortly after.

Both will service the popular Zanzibar – Dar es Salaam route. As traffic is growing on this route, Zan Fast Ferries decided to enter this market with two ferries. The number of daily sailings will depend on the season and traffic requirements.

Representatives from designer CoCo Yachts visited Zan a number of times, and sailed on the company’s current vessels. They found that there was an opportunity to improve the performance of the new design, mainly with regards to sea keeping, comfort, speed and fuel consumption, which became the main design targets.

“With the given targets, we have designed a 50-metre catamaran, suitable to fit 448 passengers,” CoCo told Baird Maritime. “The contract speed of 35 knots with 45 DWT at 100 per cent MCR was well met during sea trials, and average measured as 37.17 knots. Zan Fast Ferries was very pleased with this result, as the speed is not only higher than contract, but also (much) higher than their competitor, and with quite a bit less installed power!”

Zanzibar 1 is longer then the largest high-speed passenger ferry in the area, and CoCo said she would outperform with regards to speed and comfort in waves. The longer length, in combination with automatic ride control, is expected to ensure less seasickness, while maintaining a higher service speed.

The aluminium high-speed passenger ferries are designed and built in accordance with Bureau Veritas and IMO’s High Speed Code 2000. The hull was designed and optimised using CoCo Yachts’ in-house HPC cluster, running Numeca FineMarine CFD software, in order to achieve the best possible performance. Official recorded speed at 45 tonnes trial load was over 37 knots.

Zanzibar 1 is the first IMO-HSC-2000 category-A classed vessel in Tanzania, and with that, the vessel with the highest safety level.

The interior design is fresh and light, with the colours of Tanzania. Special attention has been given to passenger comfort, ensuring very low noise and vibrations levels, fabulous outside views due to big side windows and a high capacity air conditioning system.

Luxurious West Mekan seats with leather upholstery are installed throughout the vessel. Gold- and Platinum-class passengers can enjoy reclining seats, and have their own USB appliances charge connection in their seats.

A six-person VIP room has been provided for private traveling of small groups, and the wheelhouse has two VIP seats installed, besides the three seats for the crew.

Outside seating is arranged on the upper deck aft. 12 outdoor seats have also been installed on the main deck fore, which can be used when sailing at slow speed in ports.

The vessel is equipped with automatic ride control system from Humphree. The system not only keeps the trim at the optimum point to reduce fuel consumption, it also reduces motions in more severe wave conditions. Trials in waves up to three metres confirmed the performance of the Humphree system in combination with the design of the hull, where accelerations were less than expected (much less than one gee), and the speed maintained at 35-plus knots, sailing against waves.

The vessel has a length overall of 49.72 metres, a beam overall of 11.20 metres and a maximum draught of 1.35 metres. The vessel will have a cruising speed of 33.5 knots, using two MTU 16V4000M63L engines connected to MJP 750 DRB waterjets through ZF 9050 reversible gearboxes at 90 per cent MCR.

Both engines and gearboxes are heavy duty rated, and auxiliary power is delivered from one of the two Volvo generator sets.

Vessel access has been arranged via six electric winch operated ramps, two that are dedicated for luggage trolleys, and four for passengers. Zanzibar 1 has an independent luggage space, which can fit 12 luggage trolleys.

The most forward ramp will give access to the main and upper decks. Directly after entering the vessel, the stairs to the upper deck can be found, which makes it easier for business class travellers to find their seats.

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Zanzibar 1
Type of vessel:Passenger ferry
IMO Number:9862243
Classification:Bureau Veritas I XHULL, ● MACH, High Speed Craft Passenger carrier, Sea Area 2
Port of registry:Zanzibar
OperatorZan Fast Ferries, Tanzania
Designer:CoCo Yachts, the Netherlands
Builder:Plenty Ships, China
Construction material:Aluminium
Length overall:49.72 metres
Length waterline:47.0 metres
Length bp:47.0 metres
Beam:11.2 metres
Draught (construction):1.35 metres
Depth:4.0 metres
Deadweight tonnage:58 tonnes
Gross tonnage:652
Net tonnage:222
Main engines:2 x MTU 16V4000M63L, each 2,240 kW @ 1800 rpm
Gearboxes:2 x ZF 9050
Propulsion:2 x MJP 750 DRB
Generators:2 x Volvo D7 AT, each 125 ekW 400V 3 phase 50 Hz
Maximum speed:39.5 knots
Cruising speed:35 knots
Automatic ride control:Humphree interceptor system
Radars:2 x Furuno
Depth sounder:Furuno
Gyro Compass:Anschutz
Compass:Cassens & Plath
Voyage Data Recorder:Netwave
EPIRB: SamyungSamyung
Seating:West Mekan
Floor/deck surface finishes:Tarkett, Armstrong
Entertainment system:LG 50” LED screens; 2 x 14” touchscreen-operated multimedia players; MRC satellite receiver
WiFi systemHuaWei
Liferafts:You Long
Rescue boat:4.0 metres, 6-person, 9.9hp Mercury
Type of fuel:Diesel
Fuel capacity:13,000 litres
Freshwater capacity:1,500 litres
Sewage/blackwater capacity:1,500 litres
Accommodation:4 crew berths in 2 crew cabins

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