Las Palmas (Canary islands) - Spain’s company Naviera Armas, which operates ferries mainly in the Canaries, has had its newest ferry for the first time built by an Australian shipyard, Tasmania’s Incat.
Named Volcan de Tagoro, the ship is a 111-metre ferry from the shipyard at Hobart’s Prince of Wales Bay. It has a capacity for 1200 persons, including crew, and the expansive vehicle deck allows for almost 600 TLM (truck lane metres) plus 219 cars, or in car-only mode accommodates 401 cars. The ship is powered by four MAN 20V diesel engines driving Wartsila waterjets, and although speed trials have not yet been conducted, Incat predicts the vessel will have a top speed in excess of 40 knots.
Incat is continuing construction of three other vessels at the shipyard; the next launch later this year will be a 35‑metre commuter ferry for service between Geelong and Docklands in Melbourne, followed by a 100-metre ship for Trinidad and Tobago in 2020 and another 111-metre ship for a European operator in 2021.