Excitng times ahead for shipbuilding in the state, with Tasmanian company Incat to build the world’s largest aluminium ship.
Incat has secured the contract for the 130-metre-long ship for customer, Buquebus to operate between Argentina and Uruguay.
The completed vessel will be the largest aluminium ferry ever built and the ninth vessel for the South American customer and once completed, it will join the other Incat ships already serving various ports on the River Plate (Rio Plato).
At 13,000 tonnes and 130 metres long, the 32-metre wide vessel will carry 2100 passengers and 220 cars. A duty free shop will be fitted, with more than 3,000 square metres of retail floor space, similar in size to a large airport duty free shop.
Work is underway on design and engineering, with the physical construction to commence as soon as the detail design drawings are completed and approved.
The ship will be powered by four dual fuel engines that will burn environmentally friendly LNG while in service between Argentina and Uruguay.