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Tuesday, July 21, 2020 

Following news from the Australian government and operator TT Line that the proposed acquisition process for new Bass Strait vessels is now on hold, Tasmanian shipbuilder Incat has expressed an interest in meeting with the taskforce which it expects to be established soon.

An order for two ro-paxes was originally placed with the troubled FSG yard in Germany but was cancelled by mutual agreement by TT Line and the yard earlier this year. Incat chairman Robert Clifford understands that a taskforce will shortly be established to determine the capability of Australian shipbuilders to deliver vessels which suit TT Line’s operational requirements. Incat, as an Australian shipbuilder with over 40 years’ experience delivering vessels to ferry operators worldwide, enthusiastically looks forward to an opportunity to meet with that taskforce.

"With a highly skilled workforce of over 600 people directly employed in Tasmania, and many thousands more supported through sub-contract and supplier arrangements throughout the country, Incat are supportive of keeping Australian dollars within Australia and maintaining and indeed growing the employment opportunities for all Australians during these troubled times," said Clifford. "Incat looks forward to meeting with the taskforce, and assisting the Government and TT Line in achieving a successful outcome for all stakeholders."

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