These are the port side water jets of the high speed catamaran ferry “Norman Arrow” which now runs across the English Channel, also known as Incat Hull 066.
The photograph was taken on the sea trials on the 22nd of March 2009 just after 9 am.
I like the way the buffer frames the jet nozzles. If the water jets look impressive in a photograph, it is nothing to seeing that huge volume of water erupting forth and forming huge roostertails of water as they drive the 3,000+ tonne vessel at speeds aproaching 100 kmh.
The sound is also incredible, almost deafening.
Each of those jets is powered by a 20 cylinder turbocharged MAN diesel engine putting out 9,000kW…4 in total on the vessel!
I was lucky enough to go on the sea trials, as I was at that time one of the Draftsmen who did the construction drawings and I was one of the group from the design office who was invited to go along.
The vessel was constructed by International Catamarans, also known as Incat, at their yard on the Derwent River in Hobart, Tasmania.
The photograph was captured on my trusty Nikon Coolpix, at that time my only camera, and the exposure was 1/130 at f/2.8 and ISO 64. The lens was set on 37mm equivalent.
White balance was set to auto.
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