Yankee Freedom III, a 34m Catamaran Ferry, was developed in partnership with Yankee Fleet and Gladding Hearn Shipbuilding to provide exceptional passenger comfort and minimal environmental impact on the local environment (emissions, noise and wake wash).
To achieve the regulated environmental and passenger comfort criteria, the team packaged the latest evolution in catamaran technology below the main deck with the exterior superstructure shape compliant with the established Yankee Fleet branding and identity.
Yankee Freedom III will take over the company’s daily run from Key West to Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Jefferson, previously serviced by the Incat Crowther designed Yankee Freedom II.
To reduce the transmission of noise and improve comfort, the vessel features an isolated superstructure. Comfort is enhanced by an active interceptor. The wheelchair accessible main deck features 140 seats and 4 wheelchair spaces, all with tables. There is a large bar and shop aft, with an additional serving counter. Aft of the bar are 4 toilets, one of which is wheelchair accessible. There are exterior seats on the aft main deck, allowing passengers to enjoy the sunset on return journeys. The main deck cabin features forward doors with direct access to the foredeck, which is optimized for aquatic wildlife viewing.
The upper deck features 54 exterior seats. Inside, there are 56 seats, some with tables, and a small additional bar.
Efficient LED lighting is used throughout, allowing the selection of smaller generators, whilst vinyl laminate is used in lieu of exterior paint to reduce weight and VOC emissions.
Yankee Freedom III is powered by a pair of Caterpillar 3512C engines, which are Tier 2 emissions compliant. These engines each produce 1230kW at 1800rpm. On sea trials, Yankee Freedom III achieved speeds in excess of 30 knots, and will operate at a service speed of 28 knots.
Yankee Freedom III is an example of Incat Crowther’s ability to strategically partner with its clients as they bid for operations. By working in partnership, Incat Crowther ensures its clients can offer the optimum technical package and thereby increase the chance of success.
IncatCrowther, October 17, 2012