Incat Tasmania has been asked to investigate the possibility of converting a RoPax ferry on order for Buenos Aires-based Buquebús from LNG propulsion to a battery-electric setup.
The 130m-long vessel, with capacity for 2,100 passengers and 226 vehicles, is due for delivery in 2025. The partners admit there are challenges ahead but, when commissioned, the ship would be the largest, lightweight, zero-emissions ferry operating anywhere in the world.
Robert Clifford, Incat Group chairman, commented: “The customer wants this to happen, Incat wants this to happen, and whilst there are matters to be finalised, I am extremely confident that Incat can deliver this ground-breaking ship. In my experience, unless we see something come in from left field, this is a ‘done deal’.”
Pointing out that there needs to be sufficient energy available in ports on the ferry’s itinerary, he noted positive progress.
“The batteries and electric motors are being worked through with our suppliers to ensure they can deliver the technology required in the timeframe we need them,” he added.
Newbuild ferry to switch from LNG to batteries