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Friday, January 22, 2021 

Australian Shipbuilder Incat Tasmania is celebrating the delivery of its latest large fast ferry, a 100m catamaran for the government of Trinidad and Tobago’s National Infrastructure Development Company (NIDCO).

Buccoo Reef, Incat hull 094, has now departed Hobart for Port of Spain. Buccoo Reef was designed and built in Australia, and benefits from enhanced sea keeping qualities thanks to a recently introduced centre bow arrangement.

Incat Tasmania CEO Tim Burnell said: “As islanders ourselves we fully appreciate the critical importance of maintaining comfortable and reliable year-round passenger and freight services. Incat has invested in extensive tank testing and studies using the latest computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and hydrodynamic free-running model test techniques. The result is the new arrangement to Incat’s signature centre bow profile, ensuring Buccoo Reef is truly fit for purpose on year-round ferry operations on what is an exposed seabridge between Trinidad and Tobago. The largest high speed ferry designed and built for Trinidad and Tobago, Buccoo Reef not only delivers enhanced sea keeping but also increased reliability, passenger comfort, capacity and economy with less operational downtime due to adverse weather conditions. We take the approach of doing things right from the outset; good design, the highest quality materials, quality workmanship by a highly experienced team; and rigorous pre-delivery trials and testing; a fact borne out by Incat having the lowest warranty claims in the high speed ferry industry.

Buccoo Reef was constructed in Hobart to DNV GL class, utilising renewable green energy. “100% of the energy consumed in the manufacture of Buccoo Reef was derived from locally generated renewable green energy sources consisting of hydro, wind and solar,” said Burnell.

Flexible rubber mounts between the superstructure and hull will ensure quiet and vibration-free travel.

The vessel can accommodate 995 passengers and crew, with 175 truck lane metres plus 182 cars, or space for a total 239 cars on the main and mezzanine decks.

On contractual sea trials off the southern coast of Tasmania Buccoo Reef achieved maximum speeds in excess of 45 knots. The ferry is powered by four MAN 16V 28/33 STC diesel engines, each rated at 7,280kW and driving individual Wärtsilä WXJ 1200 SRI waterjets.

The Buccoo Reef is the 48th large commercial fast ferry built by Incat Tasmania and the ninth in excess of 7,000gt delivered in the past 13 years.

The ship delivery voyage to Trindad and Tobago is anticipated to take about a month via Tahiti and the Panama Canal.

Buccoo Reef is named after the largest coral reef in Tobago.

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