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Our Modcat 1200 DD Passenger Ferry platform is a standard build concluded for the following application profile and is based on an actual project build. 

It is not regarded as exhaustive, and is provided as a means of providing prospective clients with a practical case study to work from.

 

ORIGINAL END USER REQUIREMENTS


The client already familiar with our 6 meter Modcat Ferry platform approached us to design and construct a 12 meter double deck passenger vessel to serve as a passenger sunset cruise vessel on the Nile River between Lake Victoria and Lake Edward. The vessel would be the largest delivered to the site and had to be fabricated in a knock-down format for ease of transport to the assembly site at Mweya. This was due to the access road conditions and available freight options.

The vessel was to be equipped with the maximum number of seats possible and provide a safe platform for passengers and crew due to the local river operating conditions.

Collapsible weather protection for passenger comfort was requested and on-board male and female ablutions as well as a beverages Bar.

Transportation to site needed to be in a container for shipping security reasons, border crossing formalities and due to assembly and commissioning required directly at the river bank.

High speed was not a requirement.

 

THE MODCAT SOLUTION SUPPLIED: MV Source of the Nile


Modcat Platform Selected: : Modcat 1200 DD - Standard DD Passenger Ferry Design

The design selected was built directly off existing engineering drawings and was constructed within 2 months.

Propulsion Selected: The propulsion consisted 2 x 80 HP Yamaha 4 Stroke Motors and a dual hydraulic steering system.

Propulsion fitment and commissioning were done on site by Legacy Marine.



PASSENGER CAPACITY OBTAINED


  • The vessel was certified to carry up to 41 Passengers plus 2 crew. All seating units were manufactured and supplied by our Yard as requested by the client.
  • Weather protected seating arrangements were set out with 21 passengers on the bottom deck and 20 passengers on the upper deck.

 

RANGE AND SPEED


  • After sea trials a range of 40 nm at 12 Knots was established with a Fuel capacity of 4 x 25L carry-on tanks.

 

SAFETY


  • The vessel was equipped as required to comply with SAMSA - Category R Safety Rules. 

 

ABLUTIONS


  • The twin toilets were fitted with a 200 lt black water storage tank. An electrical voiding pump was fitted for the black water removal to a shore based disposal facility. 

 

LOGISTICS SOLUTION


  • The entire vessel was signed off at our works and then disassembled and loaded into a 12 m High Cube Container. It was then shipped via Sea Freight from Port Elizabeth to Dar es Salaam. The Container was then transported by road freight via Kampala to Mwewe Game Lodge, Queen Elizabeth Game Reserve. The shipping over a distance of 4300km, including custom clearance, took approximately 5 weeks. 

 

AVAILABLE SITE FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT


  • Offloading and assembly was done manually on the Nile riverbank in 4 days.
  • Electricity was supplied by a portable generator

 

SITE ASSEMBLY


  • Assembly by a Legacy Marine Technician and local labour took 4 days from start to sea-trials. 

 

COMMISSIONING


  • Commissioning, Performance trials, Instrument calibration and crew orientation was achieved by steaming from the launch Mweye Game Lodge to Lake Edward and back.

 

PERFORMANCE AND FUEL RANGE


  • Cruising Speeds achieved with a full load and 25% fuel reserve.
  • At 2400 RPM the Total fuel burn was 14 lt per hr with a Range 60nm @ 5 knots.
  • Sprint Speeds achieved with a full load and 25% fuel reserve
  • At 5000 RPM the vessel achieved 12 Knots.

 

COST BENEFITS


  • Transportation costs directly to site in a container and actual freight costs were minimal.
  • On-Site Contractor Costs were zero with only 4 days required on site which reduced accommodation and labor costs.
  • Local labour was used for the assembly
  • Low fuel consumption was achieved by fitting fuel efficient motors.

 


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