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Wednesday, March 25, 2020 

Australian high speed vessel specialist Incat Tasmania and South Korean coastal passenger transport company Seaworld Express Ferry have agreed an order for a new-generation fast ferry.

The 42-knot, 76m high speed wave piercing catamaran ferry will accommodate up to 700 passengers and 79 cars when it enters service on the new route between Jindo and Jeju in early 2022.

The South Korean state-sponsored service, Seaworld Express Ferry, was selected to operate the route; ferry company chairman Hyuk Young Lee said: “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. As the leading ferry operator in South Korea it is this world class expertise that led us to select Incat Tasmania for our new high speed service and it was an important aspect of our winning tender submission.”

The new 76m vessel will be radically different from the 74m and 78m vessels which were the first vehicle-carrying high speed catamarans in the early 1990s and for which Incat Tasmania became well known. Benefitting from Incat Tasmania’s recent redesign of its proven hull-forms, incorporating a completely new bow arrangement, the ferry is expected to lead the market in terms of seakeeping for vessels of its size.

Incat Tasmania CEO Tim Burnell said: “With a significant improvement to both the waterline length and vessel trim compared with those earlier craft, the 76m ferry will also benefit from vastly improved speed and fuel consumption. The new design very much reflects 30 years of experience building market leading high speed vehicle-passenger ferries.”

The new order is good news for both Incat Tasmania and Seaworld Express Ferry. “Seaworld Express Ferry has made a strategic investment to secure the transport rights of local Jeju residents and tourists, thereby making a significant contribution to the revitalisation of the local economy,” said Burnell. “At Incat Tasmania we are fortunate to have the best quality, most highly experienced workforce in the global fast ferry industry and we are pleased to add this new vessel to the three already under construction for customers around the world.”

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