OCTOBER 25, 2017 — The 109 m wavepiercer being built for Spanish ferry operator Naviera Armas at the Incat shipyard in Tasmania will be equipped with Wärtsilä waterjets.
This vessel will be the third Incat built high speed catamaran to join the Naviera Armas fleet. All three ships incorporate Wärtsilä waterjets.
“The proven design of the Wärtsilä LJX 1500SRI waterjet encompasses high efficiency, excellent hydrodynamic performance, minimized noise and vibration, and less maintenance. Not surprisingly, therefore, it is rapidly becoming the waterjet of choice for owners and shipyards around the globe,” says Arto Lehtinen, Vice President, Propulsion, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.
“We have extensive experience with Wärtsilä waterjets and know that they can deliver the power and reliability demanded by the owners,” says Incat’s Tim Burnell. “The project is based on getting ferry customers to their destination in the most efficient manner and with the highest level of comfort and reliability. We are confident the Incat design and propulsion package incorporating Wärtsilä waterjets is the best choice to achieve this goal,”
The new ferry will commence operations in 2019 and the four Wärtsilä waterjets with a control system will be delivered to the yard in October 2018.
Wärtsilä has worked closely with Incat for almost thirty years, and this is the second order placed by the shipyard with Wärtsilä this year. Altogether, 174 modular Wärtsilä waterjets have been delivered to Incat.
The ferry will have a service speed of 35 knots (65km/h) and accommodate 1,200 persons including 155 persons in business class. It will also be the first high speed ferry in southern Europe to feature a dual vehicle deck allowing cars and freight to be transported separately. The main deck has capacity for 595 truck lane meters with a 4.6 meter clear height and the upper deck will accommodate 215 cars.