Incat Designs Dive Vessel for Down Under Cruise & Dive

Incat Crowther has signed a contract to design a 33m Catamaran Dive Vessel for Down Under Cruise & Dive of Cairns, Australia.

Construction of the vessel is underway at Marine Engineering Consultants on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

The vessel will feature a lifting stern platform, she will also feature aft port and starboard fold-down platforms. When positioned, these three platforms will encircle the aft end of the vessel providing safe access to the water.

Boarding will be via gates aft and at amidships on the main deck, as well as additional gates on the upper deck.

The main cabin has seats for 151 in a mixture of booth configurations. Passengers are served by two large catering spaces aft – a bar to port and a kiosk to starboard. Aft of this are toilets and access to the aft deck, complete with wetsuit, snorkel and dive tank storage spaces, Incat explained.

A large set of stairs on the aft main deck leads to the upper deck, with outdoor seating and the lifeguard’s lookout. Inside the upper deck cabin, there booth seating for 46 passengers, as well as a VIP room for 10. Forward of the wheelhouse are sun lounges for passengers, as well as a stairway down to the foredeck, the company added.

The roof deck features forward-facing seats as well as lounges aft. This deck is covered by a solid roof and accommodates 70 passengers.

The vessel is to be fitted with two MAN D2862 LE463 engines which will power the vessel to a 25 knot cruising speed.