Bali’s largest marine tourism operator, Bali Hai Cruises, has selected International Maritime Consultants (IMC) for the design of its next generation day cruise catamaran.
Established in 1990, Bali Hai Cruises provides a wide variety of tourism experiences from Benoa Harbour. These include day cruises to a water activities pontoon off Nusa Lembongan, day sailing trips, ‘Ocean Rafting’ trips on high-speed rigid inflatables, and evening dinner cruises. The company also operates the Hai Tide Beach Resort.
Working closely with Bali Hai Cruises, IMC has developed a unique design that can successfully support its diverse range of operations. With capacity for 400 passengers in a contemporary tropical interior, IMC’s new 40 metre aluminium catamaran design is intended to provide a significant step forward from the 36 metre, 315 passenger Bali Hai II which Bali Hai Cruises has operated successfully for over 20 years.
“A foundation of our success has been bespoke quality vessels, maintained to the highest standards,” said Dick Chandler, Managing Director of Bali Hai Cruises.
“This new project reflects both our confidence in Bali’s tourism industry and our intention to consolidate our leading market position through the introduction of another world-class vessel. Bali Hai Cruises is very pleased to be working with IMC towards that goal,” he added.
A key feature of the design is the use of a diesel and electric propulsion system, which will provide a 25 knot cruise speed to the pontoon and low noise and emissions when operating in an all-electric mode during the evening dinner cruise. To provide these environmental and operational benefits the Western Australian naval architecture consultancy is leveraging its experience with hybrid propulsion gained through the design of advanced offshore support vessels.
In addition to providing the full functional design for the new vessel, IMC will utilise its expertise and experience in acquisition management to assist Bali Hai Cruises prequalify and down select a preferred shipyard to undertake its construction.
Commenting on the contract, IMC’s Managing Director, Justin McPherson, said: “To be entrusted with the design of a new aluminium passenger catamaran by Bali Hai Cruises, which has been operating similar craft so successfully, and for so long, is a great honour.”
IMC’s proposed catamaran design will enhance Bali Hai Cruises' operations to its water activities pontoon off Nusa Lembongan