The ship, hull 069, will be delivered to Buquebus, who have clearly demonstrated their preference for Incat technology over a twenty year period, and will operate between Argentina and Uruguay. Hull 069 will be the eighth that Incat has built for Buquebus and their associated companies. It will be the largest catamaran they have operated and the fastest high speed ferry in the world.
Moreover, the 99-meter vessel will be the first installation of LNG-powered dual fuel engines in an Incat high speed ferry, and the first high speed craft built under the HSC code to be powered by Gas Turbines using LNG as the primary fuel and marine distillate for standby and ancillary use. The propulsion system was designed by Chart Ferox.
Incat and Buquebus announced the agreement last year. At that time, Incat Chairman Robert Clifford said: “We are excited about this project as it represents a significant step in the global move for natural gas powered ships to replace those operated with less environmentally friendly fuels.”
Source: Incat Tasmania Pty Ltd