The Buccoo Reef, a 100m-long fast ferry under construction at Incat Tasmania Pty Ltd in Hobart, has been floated out and is now alongside the wharf undergoing machinery commissioning. The vessel will be delivered to clients in Trinidad and Tobago later this year and will serve the route between Port of Spain, Trinidad, and Scarborough in Tobago.
The 1,000-person ferry, powered by four MAN 16V 28/33 STC marine diesel engines, Wärtsilä WXJ 1200 SRI water jets and ZF 53500NR2H gearboxes, will have a top speed of more than 40 knots. The ship’s vehicle deck has 175m of full-height lane metres for trucks, and additional capacity for up to 182 cars. The passenger deck is divided into three lounges, with bars and food service areas. Seakeeping capabilities are enhanced by a Naiad Dynamics active ride control system combining trim tabs aft, and a retractable T-foil positioned at the aft end of the centre bow.