Dutch naval architecture firm CoCo Yachts has been contracted to supply the designs for two Urban Sprinter 1000-type, diesel-electric vessels for Hong Kong operator Sun Ferries. The duo will be built by YaGuang Technology Co, China, and will provide daily runs between Central Pier and Cheung Chau Pier in Hong Kong.
The ferries are double-ended, featuring two wheelhouses apiece. Each newbuild will also feature: an aluminium hull and superstructure; four IMO Tier III diesel generators (including one on stand-by); a battery pack, for overnight power when the diesel generators are switched off; and four Azimuth L-type thrusters, each fitted with a permanent magnet electric motor.
Measuring 64.8m x 13.9m overall, the Urban Sprinter 1000 class has a depth of 4.1m, a maximum draught of 2.1m and a service speed of 16knots. Each ferry will carry 1,000 seated passengers, spread across two enclosed decks. Additionally, eight wheelchair points will be located on the main deck. The third, open deck, dedicated to passenger sightseeing, will also feature solar panels for additional clean energy capture. Each newbuild will accommodate up to 10 crew members across three cabins.
Other facilities will include a baby care room and two dedicated pet areas, all on the main deck. Kiosk and information decks will be found on the main and upper deck, with a cargo area situated on the main deck near the mid-ship entrance.
CoCo Yachts adds: “All flag-related items, including safety and stability, will be delegated from the Hong Kong Marine Department to [class society] Bureau Veritas.” The first Urban Sprinter 1000 is slated for delivery in Q2 2024, with the second to follow in Q1 2025