Australian shipbuilder Incat Tasmania Pty Ltd has secured a contract to build what it says will be the world’s largest aluminum ship for longstanding customer Buquebus.
According to Australian media reports, the contract is worth about $130 million.
At a probable 13,000 gross registered tonnes the 130 m long, 32 m wide vessel will carry 2.100 passengers and 220 cars. The duty-free shop will be world’s largest to be fitted on a ship, with over 3,000 sq. m of retail floor space.
Buquebus will operate the vessel between Argentina and Uruguay, joining other Incat ships already serving various ports on the River Plate.
Work is underway on design and engineering, the physical construction will commence as soon as the detail design drawings are completed and approved by the customer.
The new ship, Incat hull 096, is predicted to have a maximum speed of over 40 knots. It will be powered by four dual fuel engines that will burn LNG while in service between Argentina and Uruguay.
Incat shipyard currently has confirmed orders covering the next four years and says it has “high expectations of other large vessel orders” and that its workforce. now totaling over 600, will be expanded.