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Maria Dolores


High speed vehicle-passenger catamaran for sale


With demand for medium-sized high quality fast ferries at a peak, Maatsuyker is pleased to present a unique opportunity to acquire a 68 metre high speed ro-pax catamaran.


Built by Austal in 2006, the Maria Dolores is a superbly appointed craft being built for year round Mediterranean operations.  


A stylish ferry, reflecting the high quality of Sellers, foot passengers enter the craft by the reception located on the main/vehicle deck level at midships on the port side. A wide staircase leads to the upper deck where 508 passengers travel in tourist class. Above is the Club class cabin with seating for a further 92 passengers.

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Vehicle-Passenger High Speed Catamaran
Austal, Western Australia, 2006



68.4 m
18.2 m

600 pax

65 cars, or up to 95 truck lane metres and 35 cars
36 knots at 90% MCR
6 x MTU 16V 4000 M73L, each 2,465 kW @ 2,000 rpm +/- 3%

4 x ZF 7550 NR2H and 2 x ZF 7550 NR2B

4 x KaMeWa 80 S11 and 2 x KaMeWa 80 B11

111,000 litres

Vehicle Decks

Vehicles are handled on aft and side ramps for rapid turnaround. Capacity is 65 cars or 95 lane metres with 35 cars. Centre lanes axle load is of 9t (single wheel) or 12t (dual wheel). Outer lanes axle load is 2t (single wheel) or 3.5t (dual wheel). Clear height is 4.6m on centre lanes and 4.2m on side lanes. 


The load carrying capacity of the craft dictated a total kilowatt requirement which was not easily catered for by the four engine installation that was initially considered. In order to be compatible with the Virtu Ferries existing fleet, the ferry was designed to incorporate six MTU 16 cylinder diesel engines,


There are two engine rooms per hull, with two engines in the forward compartment and one engine aft, all of which have been recently overhauled. This enables a triangular waterjet arrangement on the transom. Initial propulsion is gained via the lower four steerable waterjets allowing the subsequent engagement of the two higher booster-only waterjets for full power.


Sellers pride themselves in the standard of fleet maintenance and upkeep. In particular, the Maria Dolores has undergone very substantial overhaul and refit during this current downtime period running into millions of Euro.

Speed and seakeeping 

During the course of newbuild trials, the craft achieved over 37 knots loaded with 470 tonnes of deadweight.

To maximise the seakeeping qualities of the high tunnel height, the vessel is fitted with dual SeaState T-Foils and Interceptors, providing maximum passenger comfort across the year round spectrum of sea states.

In this tight market this is excellent opportunity to acquire an outstanding 68 metre high speed  catamaran. Inspection can be arranged through our office and we can guide on price for named Buyers.

All details provided in good faith, without guarantee.