28m Aluminium Ferry – Sea Hawk

Apr 7, 2011

The delivery of Cheoy Lee yard number 5015, named Sea Hawk, completes a two boat contract with Tian San Shipping in Singapore. A long standing customer of Cheoy Lee on a wide range of vessels over the years, these latest deliveries are almost identical to two 28m ferries Cheoy Lee supplied to Tian San in 2001. Designed by Mark Ellis Marine Design in Australia, the all aluminium vessels feature triple engines and shafts, turning three conventional propellers. The ferries are built to Bureau Veritas class.

28 metres long and 7.10m wide, Sea Hawk can carry 158 passengers on the main deck, with a further 42 on the upper deck for a total of 200. Cheoy Lee also offers this design at a length of 32 metres, with a passenger capacity of around 300. Boarding is via recessed entrances amidships on the main deck, and via a wide internal stair to the upper deck. The wheelhouse is elevated, and ahead of the upper saloon, with good all-round visibility, including aft.

Propulsion is by three Caterpillar C32 diesels, each developing 1300hp at 2100rpm, their Heavy Duty ‘B’ rating. ZF3050A gearboxes transmit the power through 120mm diameter stainless steel propeller shafts to five bladed nickel aluminium bronze propellers. Electrical power comes from two Perkins 4.4TGM diesel driven Stamford 56kW, 380v, 50Hz generators. Steering and engine controls are by Kobelt. Steering is a power hydraulic system operating two stainless steel rudders.

The engine room is long and spacious, forward of which is the tank space. 5000litres of diesel is stored in one, horizontally mounted, cylindrical tank. The steering gear compartment is aft of the engine room, with the remainder of the lower deck compartments void, separated by five watertight bulkheads.

Sea Hawk, constructed with a careful eye on weight, and her efficient and easily driven hull is capable of running at 26knots, fully loaded with passengers and fuel. The passenger compartment is quiet, bright and comfortable.

As with the first vessel of this pair, Sea Eagle, Sea Hawk’s 1500nm delivery voyage to Singapore will be onboard a ship, rather than under the vessel’s own power.

Principal Dimensions: 28.00m LOA x 7.10m Beam x 2.00m Draft.