Presented as “China’s first high-speed ferry made of carbon fiber”, the 40m carbon fibre catamaran was ordered by Guangzhou Liuanshan Port Passenger Transport Co.Ltd to the Norwegian composite vessel builder Brødrene. According to local Chinese media, in addition to significantly reduce the journey time and increase the passenger safety, the “Jin Zhu Hu” weighs 30 % less than a ferry of the same size made of aluminium alloy, and allows to save 40 % of fuel consumption.
“Equipped with 2x MTU 16V2000 M72 engines and the new S63-4 waterjets from Rolls Royce, the 270 passenger catamaran is designed for a speed of 34 knots,” explains Brødrene.
The company specifies on its website that the “Jin Zhu Hu” is made of carbon fiber sandwich and vinylester.
“Jin Zhu Hu” is the first vessel being built with our brand new exterior design which is developed in cooperation with Hareide Design. Featuring a spacious accommodation area on each deck, two large refreshment kiosks, quality seats from West Mekan and large windows, the interior of Jin Zhu Hu holds a high standard. Floating floor has been installed to reduce noise level, and during trials an average of only 66 decibel on main deck and 59 decibel on the upper deck was recorded”, adds Brødrene.
Based in Hyen, Norway, Brødrene Aa is an international specialist in construction of high speed ferries made in carbon composite. Its hybrid-electric sightseeing vessel, “Vision of the Fjords”, has just won the prestigious JEC World Innovation Award 2017 in the category “better living”.
Industries: Marine Transportation and Shipbuilding