Australian shipbuilder Incat Tasmania has commissioned a new 111m ship to be built in Prince of Wales Bay shipyard in Hobart for Spanish company Naviera Armas.
Known as Volcan de Tagoro (Incat Hull 091), the ferry in the distinctive red Naviera Armas special uniform was launched on 15 June.
Sea trials for the ferries are expected to begin in the first week of July.
Incat’s engineering team outside the shipyard will start engines and generators, commission all the machinery items and install roof-mounted radars and other equipment.
The vessel will be operated by Naviera Armas on Spanish routes, including the Canary Islands. The company has an extensive fleet of vessels, and Volcan de Tagoro will be the fifth Incat vessel operating in the Armas fleet. However, it will be their first newbuild from Incat Tasmania.
Volcan de Tagoro can accommodate nearly 1,200 passengers, including crew, along with space for approximately 600 truck lane metres (TLM ), as well as 219 cars. In car-only mode, the ship can hold 401 cars.
Powered by four MAN 20V diesel engines and Wartsila waterjets, the ship is intended to have a top speed of around 40k an hour.
Incat CEO Tim Burnell said: “The contract, in excess of A$100m ($68.4m), has been keeping more than 600 Incat employees busy for the past two years.
“This is the second large wave piercing catamaran to be launched at the Prince of Wales Bay site in just six months, following the December 2018 launch of Virtu Ferries 110m vessel, and we are very proud of the excellent workmanship and product we are about to deliver.”
Currently, Incat is building three other ships at the shipyard. The first vessel is a 35m commuter ferry that is scheduled to be launched later this year.
The second ferry is 100m in length and is due to be commissioned in 2020. The final vessel is 111m and will be launched in 2021.
In addition, Incat has been awarded a contract by South American operator Buquebus to build a 130m ship. Design work of this ship is currently underway.