OREANDA-NEWS. June 14, 2012. The vessel was recently launched by Baltic Workboats in Estonia and successfully completed sea trials. Runo is the second Incat Crowther-designed vessel to be built by Baltic Workboats, after Vejunas, a 24m Catamaran Scientific Research Vessel. Runo will be operated in the Gulf of Riga, Estonia, between the mainland port of Parnu and the islands of Runhu and Saaremaa .

Incat Crowther and  Baltic Workboats worked closely to secure the build contract for Runo. Decision of offering a vessel based on earlier built Vejunas, including some refinements that included the extensive use of pre-fabricated extruded panels brought success given the fact that very short building period was required.

The all aluminum, catamaran type passenger ferry can carry at least 60 passengers. The ferry has a length of 24 m, width 8 m, and maximum draft 1.8 m, and a speed of 25 knots.

In addition to passengers, Runo features a small cargo deck aft that can carry two passenger vehicles (up to 6.5m), a mini-van or deck cargo. These are loaded onto the vessel over the hydraulically-operated stern visor. An 8t-m Guerra M 75.90A1 Deck Crane handles the loading and unloading of mixed freight.

Side passenger gates forward of the aft deck lead passengers directly to the cabin, which features 60 seats. Passenger toilets are located on a central corridor, and there is a small bar to port. Large luggage racks in this corridor allow passenger to place their bags upon boarding, streamlining the process.

To starboard is a crew accommodation space, featuring a mess, dedicated crew bathroom and bunk beds. There is also a large storeroom.

Upstairs, the wheelhouse features a guest lounge and navigation table. Good all-round visibility from the helm seat ensures safe berthing operations.

Runo is powered by a pair of Volvo D16MH R2 main engines, each producing 751hp. It will have a cruise speed of 22 knots and achieved a top speed on trials of 25 knots.

Strengthened structure and associated foundations have been included to allow 4-point lifting of the vessel for transportation and dry docking.

Besides the fact that used design is giving vessel multi purpose usage the catamaran has proven to be very maneuverable in different seas and also easy to maneuver in limited areas in small port they are visiting.

Baltic Workboats is happy to have Incat Crowthers very professional and constructive support that allows efficiently and quickly construct such a good and competitive vessel.