May 30, 2006
Incat books Japanese order
Incat has won a breakthrough order from Japan. It is for two 112 meter high speed vehicle-passenger catamarans that will be Incat's largest vessels yet.
The order comes from established Japanese ferry operator Libera Corporation as part of its on-going business development plan for the expansion of regular passenger services between the ports of Aomori and Hakodate.
Chairman of Libera, Mr Kenji Yamamoto said "these fast ferries are expected to approximately halve the time currently taken for voyages between Hakodate and Aomori by the existing ships and enhance the convenience of regular passenger services."
Commenting on the contract from Japan, Incat's Chairman, Mr Robert Clifford, "We are particularly pleased by this order for our largest vessels yet as it comes from a new customer in an area where we believe there is enormous potential for Incat High Speed Craft."
"The contract represents a new era for both our companies, with the introduction of large high speed vessels to our customer's fleet replacing conventional ships, and a new era for Incat as the concentration of our high speed ships to date has primarily been in Europe and the Americas"
Due for delivery in June 2007, the first Evolution One12 112 meter vessel (Incat hull 064) will operate at a speed of approximately 40 knots and will have the capacity to carry up to 800 persons and 412 cars or 520 lane meters of trucks and 286 cars.
Delivery of the second vessel to Japan (Incat hull 065) will follow twelve months later in mid 2008.
Incat is also currently fulfilling an order for delivery of a 98 m vessel (Incat hull 062) to long-standing European client, Acciona Trasmediterranea who already has three Incat vessels in service.