Marine Log

November 28, 2006

U.S. Army Incat set for civilian career

The U.S. Army's TSVX-1 Spearhad, leased from Bollinger Incat, looks set to take up a civilian career next year.

Norway's Master Ferries AS, which operates a fast ferry service between Norway and Denmark, says it has signed a preliminary agreement regarding the delivery of an Incat 98 meter long Catamaran. The ship will be rebuilt and delivered in time for Master Ferries AS to start sailing from April 26, 2007.

Master Ferries says "this Catamaran is almost new, as it was only delivered to the U.S. [Army] on November 19, 2002. The shipÕs length is 97,22 meters and its with is 26.62 meters. Without cargo and passengers, it weighs 725 tonns, and cuts 3,4 meters into the water."

"The ship will seat up to 800 passengers, and load a total of 19 trailers and 80 cars at the same time."

"In March of 2003, it managed to get up to a speed of 47.8 knots."

Master Ferries says "we expect to have all the final details surrounding this agreement sorted out shortly, and sign the documents at the latest by the turn of the year."