Tasmania ferry manufacturer Incat is in the stages of delivering a new high-speed ferry to Valletta, Malta.
The ferry, named Saint John Paul II is 110 metres long and weighs in at 5500 tonnes.
The ferry will join Virtu Ferries of Malta, and will be doing journeys between Malta and Sicily.
The Saint John Paul II departed Hobart February 6 and is expected to arrive in Valletta later this month.
Incat chief executive Tim Burnell said despite being at the forefront of the ferry industry for 40 years, Incat is still evolving the product.
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“The well proven Incat Wave Piercing Catamaran hullform have been further developed for Mediterranean conditions,” he said.
“Hydrodynamic tests were undertaken by Seaspeed Marine Consulting at the Ocean Basin and Ship Tank in Gosport, UK – facilities normally associated with UK Ministry of Defence projects.”
The vessel is the largest RoPax catamaran to be built for operation in the Mediterranean.
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