Australian shipbuilder Incat has is to build the world’s largest aluminium ship.
Incat Tasmania Pty Ltd will build the fast ferry for long standing customer, Buquebus to operate between Argentina and Uruguay.
The vessel will be the ninth vessel built by Incat for Buquebus.
At around 13,000 gt the 130 m long, 32 m wide vessel will carry 2,100 passengers and 220 cars.
Work is currently underway on design and engineering, the physical construction will commence as soon as the detail design drawings are completed and approved by the customer.
The new Buquebus ship, Incat hull 096, is predicted to have a maximum speed of over 40 knots, powered by four dual fuel engines that will burn environmentally friendly LNG while in service across the River Plate.
Incat currently has confirmed orders covering the next four years with other large orders expected.
The workforce, now totalling over 600, will be expanded to facilitate the construction of the new vessel and other orders received.