Incat Chairman Robert Clifford stated: “Incat is 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.”
With capacity for over 1000 passengers and 153 cars, the ferry has a projected lightship speed of 53 knots. Crossing the Río de la Plata at high speed will allow the ship service to compete with airline traffic between Uruguay and Argentina. Besides, the passenger cabin will include tourist, business and first class seating, and over 1000 square metres of extensively fitted out duty free shop, the largest shopping area ever installed on a fast ferry.
The 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.