May 12, 2022

The 150-passenger Skana. All US Navy Photos

All American Sailors (AAM), Bellingham, Washington, delivered the Skanaa 150-passenger hydrofoil-assisted catamaran, for Main maritime routes.

This is the second new 150-passenger cat delivered to Seward, Alaska-based Major Marine by AAM in two years. the Skana is a sister ship of Spirit of Matushkadelivered in spring 2021. The 87’x32′ Technical design aluminum cats are Coast Guard Subchapter T certified. This vessel will also operate from Seward and carry passengers on tours of Kenai Fjords National Park.

The cat is propelled by quad jet hamilton HM422 water jets, powered by four Scania DI16 082 engines rated at 788 hp at 2100 rpm each. the The vessel joins Major Marine’s fleet of glacier and wildlife cruise ships in and around Kenai Fjords National Park. After the commissioning of the first vessel, MMT needed a second identical vessel to cope with the growth of its activities and market demand.

The ship’s semi-displacement catamaran hull was developed by Nic de Waal of Teknicraft, Auckland, New Zealand. The design incorporates Teknicraft’s combined symmetrical and asymmetrical hull form, bow wave piercer and innovative dynamic hydrofoil system. This advanced hull shape was custom designed using numerical modeling and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis. The hull design is completed with Teknicraft’s signature integration of a wave breaker which is positioned between the catamaran’s sponsons to break up wave action and provide reduced drag while improving passenger comfort. The ship’s design provides passengers with a smooth and comfortable ride. The hull offers a cushioned effect when meeting the waves.

The vessel includes Hamilton Jet AVX controls which have an intuitive Mouseboat controller. With an increased fuel capacity of 1,900 gallons, this vessel has been upgraded to include a dynamic aluminum hydrofoil, improving her speed and efficiency.

“All American Marine worked with us to refine our goals, build a proven second ship that met those goals, and then delivered. In fact, despite building two boats in the midst of a global pandemic, they delivered both boats on time and on budget. This new vessel with its capacity, comfort and speed is revolutionizing the Major Marine Tours fleet,” said Colby Lawrence, Vice President of Major Marine Tours, in a statement. Our guests really appreciate the spacious and accessible deck areas when whale and glacier watching, especially the stadium bow viewing area.”

On board the ship, passengers can enjoy two closed cabins, which include tables at each seat. All outdoor seating is under covered canopies, including the open-air third deck. The interior fittings include Beurteaux seats and electrical outlets with USB sockets at each table. The entire main deck, including the bow, is wheelchair accessible and the main deck cabin has wheelchair-friendly seating. The ship also has a large standing area in the stadium for wildlife and nature viewing.