NATCHAN WORLD ARRIVES IN JAPAN
The latest vessel built by Incat has arrived in Japan less than seven days after leaving Hobart. Delivered by Incat to her new owner an impressive two months ahead of schedule, the Natchan World left Hobart on Thursday 10th April. Arrival time alongside in Hakodate, via Brisbane, is Friday 17th April at 0700hrs.
On completion of crew training, the new ship will enter service on Friday 2nd May after an inauguration and ribbon-cutting ceremony at Aomori. Senior Japanese government officials and also representatives of Incat and the Tasmanian government will then have the opportunity to sample all the ship has to offer during her maiden voyage before continuing the celebrations at Hakodate.
The Natchan World is Incat’s second high speed Wave Piercing Catamaran for Higashi Nihon Ferry, and she now joins her sister Natchan Rera, completed by Incat last August, in service across Japan’s Tsugaru Strait between the islands of Honshu and Hokkaido.
At nearly 11,000 gross tonnes the new 112 metre long Natchan World is one of the largest vessels yet built by Incat.
With Natchan World Incat has reached a new pinnacle in high speed craft luxury and comfort, with this its most valuable export to date. Operating at speeds of approximately 40 knots and with capacity for up to 800 persons and 355 cars, or 450 lane metres of trucks and 193 cars, the Natchan World is almost identical to her sister, Natchan Rera.
Some changes have been implemented, including a new form of relaxation for Executive Class passengers which cannot be experienced in any flights, trains or cruise ships. Here, instead of individual seats, there are small booth style compartments for two to four passengers. In each compartment, passengers are free to take off their shoes and lie down. Massage chairs will be installed in the same cabin as well. Families and couples will enjoy not only their time in private with amazing comfort but also the vast scale of ocean view in front of each booth.
Natchan World Principal Particulars
Length overall: 112.60m
Beam (moulded): 30.50m
Draft: approximately 3.93m
Speed: 40 knots
Deadweight: Up to 1450 tonnes
Total persons: 800 persons
Vehicle Deck: 450 truck-lane metres plus 193 cars or 355 cars.
Fuel consumption: 6.84 tonnes (8208 litres) per hour at 40 knots.