NEW Twin City Liner

More seats, more modern, comfortable and environmentally friendly
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More seats, more modern, comfortable and environmentally friendly

Vienna has a new Twin City Liner. When the season starts on 29 March 2019, the new, larger and more modern Twin City Liner is going to be on its way between Vienna and Bratislava. The new high-speed catamaran was built in 62,000 working hours at the British shipyard Wight Shipyard on the Isle of Wight from the start of 2018. 25 tonnes of aluminium were processed and 60 square metres of window glass were used, among other things.

On Tuesday, 4 December 2018, the vessel was pushed out of the shipyard hall and lifted into the water by a giant crane for the first time.

It travelled via the inland waterway network to Vienna

The Twin City Liner started its journey to Vienna at the beginning of January 2019. Thanks to good weather conditions, the ship was able to cross the English Channel in about 50 minutes. Launched in Cowes Harbour on Britain's Isle of Wight, after a stopover in Dover to bunker fuel, it continued on to Rotterdam where it was taken over by Central Danube.

Then fleet captain Johannes Kammerer, Twin City Liner captains Stefanie Oberlechner and Rene Sowa and engineer Marco Kurz brought the new Twin City Liner to Vienna via the inland waterway network in about two and a half weeks. After about 1,600 kilometres on rivers, the new Twinny reached its safe harbour in Vienna. The time up until the season starts will then be used for final minor work and above all for training trips on the Twin City Liner's home route on the Danube canal and on the Danube as far as Bratislava.

The new Twin City Liner: much more space but only slightly larger

With 250 seats, the new Twin City Liner will accommodate almost twice as many passengers as before (currently 129 passengers per ship). The higher passenger capacity is achieved above all by a modern and sophisticated seating concept and an enlargement of the upper deck. The Twin City Liner is only slightly larger than its predecessors. The new ship is just 6.2 metres longer and 2.5 metres wider than previous vessels, despite almost doubling the passenger capacity.

The new Twin City Liner: even more comfort for more passengers

On board the new Twin City Liner, the First Class section on the upper deck, which features comfortable seating and permanently installed tables, can be reached via an internal link for the first time. The main deck impresses with premium seats. There will be modern charging stations for mobile phones and other electronic devices on both decks. The range of food and drinks is being expanded and the food on offer can be ordered at the same time as booking tickets through the online shop for the first time in the 2019 season.

In addition, there will be a new guidance system at the passenger stations in Vienna and Bratislava to make boarding and alighting as pleasant and convenient for passengers but also as efficient as possible. The waiting areas are also being modernised.

The new Twin City Liner: modern design ensures less swell and smoother ride

The lowest possible wave formation was given top priority in the development of the new Twin City Liner. It should be as small as possible to guarantee passengers a calm journey and protect the banks of the Danube and the environment. The Australian company Incat Crowther specialises in this area and ensures that the waves generated by the new Twin City Liner do not exceed 30 cm, measured at a distance of 25 metres. That's less than the height of a mineral water bottle!

A true-to-scale model has already been tested at the shipbuilding research institute in Vienna. The results were extremely positive. Thanks to its modern design, the waves created by the new Twin City Liner are smaller than those of the two vessels currently in service and lower than those of much smaller boats or cargo ships.

The new Twin City Liner: more economical fuel consumption, less CO2 emissions

The new Twin City Liner's cruising speed will continue to be around 60 km/h on the Danube. At the same time, the new high-speed catamaran protects the environment thanks to its reduced engine output and lower fuel consumption. The new ship is also capable of cruising most of the distance between Vienna and Bratislava. This reduces the water resistance and leads to further fuel savings.

The new Twin City Liner: even quieter travel

As with the Twin City Liners currently in use, special attention was paid to low noise levels when planning the new ship. At a cruising speed of around 60 km/h, the noise level inside the ship will be extremely pleasant and the modern sound insulation on board will also contribute to a low noise level outside.

In the Danube floodplain area, the Danube is about 200 metres wide. The shipping channel is located approximately in the middle of the river. This means that the noise generated by the new Twin City Liner will be barely noticeable near the shore. On the Danube Canal, any noise pollution is not an issue, as the catamaran, like the current ships, sails at a maximum speed of 30 km/h in this area.

The new Twin City Liner: state-of-the-art radar systems ensure even greater safety

The new Twin City Liner also places great emphasis on safety, which is why it is of course state of the art and features ultra modern radar systems, among other things. Two high-performance generators and powerful emergency batteries ensure a sufficient power supply on board. Four engines and four jet drives guarantee a high degree of reliability. It goes without saying that all the safety regulations of the current two Twin City Liners will also apply to the operation of the new ship. Due to the careful selection of materials, the high manufacturing quality and the significantly lower engine speed required, the new Twin City Liner will be in use for 20 years.

The new Twin City Liner: one ship variant makes most economic and ecological sense

With the start of the new 2019 season, the new Twin City Liner will go into operation as a "one ship variant" and replace the two vessels previously in service. The new high-speed catamaran will accommodate 250 people (currently 129 people per vessel).

The new Twin City Liner is just around six metres longer and two and a half metres wider than the previously used vessels. Nevertheless, it offers about the same number of places as its two predecessors combined. This means that more passengers can be transported at peak times and considerable fuel savings can be made at the same time, which also has a positive impact on the environment. Up to two journeys less per day can be run as a result, as more passengers can be transported with fewer journeys than before. These measures reduce fuel consumption by up to 800 litres per day.

The Twin City Liner has been connecting the two major Danube cities, Vienna and Bratislava, by water since 2006.

The new ship's key data:

Number of passenger 250
Vienna - Bratislava 75 minutes
Maximum speed 70 km/h
Number of engines 4
Length 39 m
Width 11 m
Depth 0.8 m

» The Twin City Liner is launched into the water for the first time

» The new Twin City Liner on its way to Vienna

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