Med's largest high-speed cat will debut in 2018

APRIL 19, 2017 —Set to debut in 2018, a 38-knot wavepiercer under construction at Incat in Australia for Virtu Ferries will have Wärtsilä waterjets. With 1,134 passenger seats and a garage deck designed to carry 23 heavy commercial trailers, the 110m vessel will be the largest high speed catamaran operating in the Mediterranean and will complete the crossing from Malta to Sicily, berth to berth, in around 90 minutes.

Wärtsilä's scope of supply covers four LJX1500SRI waterjets and a Lipstronic control system. The equipment is scheduled to be delivered to the shipyard in April 2018 and the ship is to be delivered to the owners at the end of 2018.

"This new vessel will be a large and powerful high speed ferry, the Wärtsilä waterjets selected will ensure fast, efficient, and reliable operations. We have worked in close cooperation with Incat for nearly 30 years, and during this time have supplied them with modular waterjets for various vessel applications around the world. This product loyalty is the best possible endorsement of the quality and performance expected of the Wärtsilä range of waterjets," says Arto Lehtinen, Vice President, Propulsion, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.

Wärtsilä modular waterjets feature a compactly designed axial pump with excellent efficiency, cavitation and noise characteristics. The high performance components are in stainless steel to prevent wear and corrosion, while the water lubricated bearing in the stator bowl provides an environmentally friendly solution. The inlet design is tailored to the outline and operational profile of each individual vessel.

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