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Incat snares big Maltese order

Incat announced a new order in October from Virtu Ferries of Malta to design and build a 110-metre high-speed vehicle and passenger ferry. Chairman Robert Clifford said: “Virtu Ferries is amongst the oldest, most respected and most discerning fast-ferry operators in the world. They operate a variety of services throughout the Mediterranean and Adriatic, and this vessel is intended for their year-round lifeline service between Malta and the European Union.” The new catamaran will be the largest high-speed ferry in the Mediterranean. It will have a service speed up to 38 knots and will complete its regular journey from Malta to Sicily in around 90 minutes. Construction will commence in early 2017, with delivery scheduled at the end of 2018. Incat has a 500-strong workforce at its Hobart shipyard, with capacity to deliver two large ships a year. Virtu owner Francis Portelli said: “We simply want to provide our passengers and freight operators with the highest levels of service, reliability and comfort, yet at the same time operate an economical and environmentally sustainable high-speed service.”

3 November 2016, Tasmania’s Stories Edition 177

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