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Twin Disc Passenger Ferry


Project Overview:

Supplied by MIT and built by Arklow Marine Services, the new replacement ferry for the Antrim.

Rathlin island service features Twin Disc Marine Gears, along with the Twin Disc EC300 electronic controls installed on the bridge.  The Spirit of Rathlin has been built with improved power, space and also has dual classification, so can also operate as a workboat vessel unlike her predecessor. Designed by Argyll Maritime Services, working in close cooperation with the UK Maritime & Coastguard agency (MCA) and class society, Lloyds register.

Twin Disc were chosen for the project due to past performance and reliability.

Shipyard: Arklow, Southern Island

Owner: Department for Regional Development

Vessel Type: Passenger Ferry

Type Of Project: New Build

Commissioned: 2017

Main Engines: 2 x Scania DI13 071M

Marine Gears: Twin Disc MGX 5114SC-HD 2:54:1 ratio

Total Power: Each engine: 331kw at 1800rpm

Electronic Controls: Twin Disc EC300

Overall Length: 28.17m (oa) 23.12m (bp)

Top Speed: 10.5 knots


Case study supplied with thanks to Arklow Marine Services, for further details, please visit:


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