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Wednesday, March 18, 2020 

Virtu Ferries’ Incat-built 110m high speed ferry 'Saint John Paul II' has won the High Speed Ferry award in Cruise and Ferry Review’s first Ship of the Year awards.

The Ship of the Year award recognises passenger ships that showcase innovative new green technologies, interior and exterior designs, onboard amenities and guest experiences.

Saint John Paul II operates between Malta and Sicily, and is the largest vessel of its kind operating in the Mediterranean and the second largest in the world. Onboard facilities include five lounges, gift shops, gaming lounge bars and shops. The vehicle deck is designed to carry 23 heavy commercial trucks or 167 cars.

Incat Tasmania CEO Tim Burnell said: “It is a huge honour for Incat to be associated with this award and a fantastic endorsement of our dedicated workforce at Incat. We warmly congratulate Virtu Ferries, they were a committed partner in this project and without their commitment to detail and perfection Saint John Paul II would not be the ship she is. We wish her every success in the future.”

Virtu Ferries’ Francis Portelli said: “Saint John Paul II is a magnificent ship. She has surpassed our expectations and, after 30 years of operating fast ferries on international routes, our expectations are extremely high.”

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