Tasmanian shipbuilder Incat will put together a state-of-the-art ferry to be used in South Korea.
The 76-metre high-speed wave-piercing catamaran will operate between the port of Jindo and the popular tourist island of Jeju by major transport company SeaWorld Express - who's chairman Mr. Hyuk Young Lee says Incat was selected due to its exceptional reputation.
“We were most impressed with Incat Tasmania’s modern shipyard facilities, the advanced passenger safety systems incorporated into the Incat Tasmania design, the very high levels of on board passenger comfort and indeed, the yard’s record for on-time and on-budget deliveries with some of the lowest warranty claims in the fast ferry industry,” he said.
Bob Clifford's Hobart shipyard is no stranger to South Korean waters having delivered its first vessel to the country in 1995: the still highly regarded 'Sunflower'
“Impressed with how much more advanced this wave piercing catamaran was compared with other vessels operating in South Korean waters, SeaWorld Express Ferry knew immediately that taking this Incat Tasmania design and production expertise and applying it to a customised bespoke vessel would represent a significant step change for South Korean high speed ferry operations,” the shipbuilder's chairman said.
In addition to 700 passengers, the new vessel will also be able to carry 79 cars, with a completely new design which is faster and more fuel efficient.
Incat is currently building 3 other ships.
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