Buquebus Eyes Up Second LNG Ferry

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Argentinian ferry operator Buquebus has entered into a design contract with Australian shipyard Incat for a dual-fuel LNG high-speed ferry.

Buquebus operates a ferry service between Buenos Aires and Uruguay. In 2013 the company introduced the LNG-powered Incat ferry FRANCISCO.

The main difference in the design of the potential new ferry and FRANCISCO is that the latter was powered by a gas turbine, but Incat is suggesting the former be powered by reciprocating engines. Incat Tasmania chairman Robert Clifford explained “It will be simpler than using gas turbines as these are very complex engines and the delivery of gas is difficult.”

Toll Unveils New Australian Ship

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Australia’s newest and biggest cargo ship was named as TASMANIAN ACHIEVER II at a special ceremony in Burnie, on Sunday 17 February.

TASMANIAN ACHIEVER II is the largest general cargo ship to fly the Australian flag and is set to enter service on 1 March, carrying goods between the Port of Melbourne and the Tasmanian Port of Burnie.

The new ship will make the 396 km Bass Strait crossing between Melbourne and Burnie in 13 hours, an hour faster than its predecessor and has capacity to carry 40 per cent more cargo, both in trucks or in containers.

TASMANIAN ACHIEVER II’S identical sister ship, VICTORIAN RELIANCE II will be named at a ceremony scheduled next weekend at Toll’s wharf in Webb Dock, Port of Melbourne.

Photo: Mr Will Hodgman, Premier of Tasmania; John Mullen, Toll Group Chairman; Hayley Burr, Tasmania Achiever II Junior Sponsor; and Taneki Ono, Japan Post First Executive Officer.

Incat Crowther To Design Double-Ended Ro-Pax Ferry

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Incat Crowther has announced the design of a double-ended ro-pax ferry for Sealink Travel Group – one of Australia’s largest vessel operators.
The original ferry is going to operate to Bruny Island in Tasmania.
She will be built by Richardson Devine Marine in Hobart.

Incat says the vessel is unusual for a double ended vehicle ferry:

  • it is a robust aluminium catamaran offering a very significant fuel saving when compared with a conventional steel monohull vessel.
  • the vessel is designed for the later fitment of an extra vehicle deck.