Kongsberg and Incat in first waterjet deal

Incat’s new ‘Hull 097’ will be powered by four Kongsberg Kamera S90-4 waterjets Photo: KongsbergIncat’s new ‘Hull 097’ will be powered by four Kongsberg Kamera S90-4 waterjets Photo: Kongsberg

Kongsberg Maritime (KM) has won a milestone order which will see the company making its first delivery of large-size waterjets to Incat, the Tasmania-based designers and builders of high-speed, environmentally-efficient catamaran ferries.

The newbuild ‘Hull 097’ will feature four Kongsberg Kamewa S90-4 waterjets and touch screen remote control system incorporating a CanMan Touch joystick, enabling the ship to be manoeuvred remotely from the bridge. KM’s standard two-tiller configuration for both the centre helm seat and navigator’s seat will be adapted to a single centre helm tiller.

“The new contract is a testament to the quality and reputation of our waterjets, and significantly increases our market share in this segment,” said Richard Dreverman, sales manager Australia, Kongsberg Maritime.

KM will also be providing a separate aft-facing console comprising two touch screens, one Polar joystick with heading knob, two backup panels incorporating clutch in/clutch out buttons and one analogue steering and bucket position gauge per jet.

“It’s very important to us that we can implement cost-effective, environmentally-responsible waterjet solutions which simultaneously provide the smoothest and most unobtrusive passenger experience,” said Guy Doyle, senior project manager, Incat.

This landmark order brings together two influential brands within the maritime industry. Kongsberg Kamewa, which has its roots in Sweden in the 1880s, delivered its first waterjets 40 years ago and has now produced more than 10,000 of these propulsion systems. The Incat Group has spearheaded the development of high-speed wave-piercing catamarans, winning design awards and setting speed records for Atlantic crossings.

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