Australian shipbuilder Incat Tasmania’s latest vessel, a 100 meter ship destined for Trinidad and Tobago, was floated out from the company’s dry dock on Hobart’s Derwent River on October 9. It is now alongside the shipyard wharf for machinery commissioning.
Construction of the vessel, the Buccoo Reef, began in early 2019, and now all major machinery and equipment have been installed and, together with electronic systems, are being commissioned and tested in readiness for sea trials in November.
The ship, Incat’s hull 094, will be delivered later this year for service between Port of Spain, Trinidad and Scarborough, Tobago.
The passenger deck, with a capacity for 1,000 people, is divided into three lounges which incorporate a range of bars and food service areas together with passenger toilet facilities.
The vehicle deck offers 175 full-height truck lane meters plus capacity for 182 cars. If trucks are not carried the ship can accommodate 239 vehicles. Passenger access from the vehicle deck to the passenger level is via stairs or elevator. The vessel layout also includes cabins to accommodate up to 14 crew.
Buccoo Reef will achieve a top speed of over 40 knots with powering by four MAN 16V 28/33 STC marine diesel engines each rated at 7,280 kW, Wärtsilä WXJ 1200 SRI waterjets and ZF 53500NR2H gearboxes.
Passenger comfort is enhanced with a Naiad Dynamics active ride control system combining active trim tabs aft and a retractable T-foil located at the aft end of the center bow.