Incat

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Incat
Proprietary limited company
Industry Shipbuilding
Founded 1977
Headquarters Hobart, Tasmania
Products Wave-piercing catamarans
Website www.incat.com.au

Incat is a manufacturer of high-speed craft (HSC) catamaran ferries. It's greatest success has been with large, sea going passenger and vehicle ferries, but it has also built military transports and since 2015 it has built smaller river and bay ferries. The company is based in Derwent Park, a suburb of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia and was founded by Bob Clifford.

The company builds vessels using aluminium construction, wave-piercing and water-jet technology. Vessels have been constructed up to 112 metres in length and with cruising speed up to 58 knots (107 km/h).

Company history[edit]

Incat began in the 1970s as a small boat builder in suburban Hobart. In the 1980s the company was one of the companies pioneering wave piercing hulls and began to build mid sized catamaran ferries around 30 metres long.

In 1990 Incat delivered its first 74 metre fast catamaran ferry. At the same time several other compnies built similar vessels. These ships were revolutionary and over the next decade fast cats replaced most surviving hydrofoil and hovercraft services as well as well as many monohull ferries. The success of this new type of ferry led to other ship builders around the world using their yards to build large vehicle carrying aluminium catamarans. However many ferry operators preferred traditional monohull designs and the limited market for fast cats became crowded with manufacturers bidding low to keep their shipyards working.

After the inevitable collapse of the industry, two builders of large catamaran ferries survived, Incat and their Perth based rival Austal. However Incat had needed to downsize and after a brief stint in receivership, the company continued building ferries and developing larger and more efficient designs. With diversification into smaller bay ferries and the recovery of the market for large vehicle carrying ferries, Incat's workforce has expanded rapidly in recent years.

Several catamarans built by Incat have entered naval services, including HMAS Jervis Bay with the Royal Australian Navy and HSV-X1 Joint Venture and HSV-2 Swift, which served with the United States Armed Forces. It has since diversified into river going catamaran ferries for Thames Clippers, Bass & Flinders Cruises and Sydney Ferries and building the Brooke Street Pier.

Deliveries[edit]

HSV-X1 near Crete
Incat's Hobart Shipyard (to the right)
Image Hull No Model Latest name Operator Notes
N/A
001
18m Cat
Jeremiah Ryan
Unknown
[1]
N/A
002
18m Cat
James Kelly
Unknown
[1]
N/A
003
??m Cat
A. K. Ward
Derwent Sailing Squadron
[1]
N/A
004
20m Cat
Fitzroy
Unknown
[1]
N/A
005
20m Cat
Tangalooma
Unknown
[1]
N/A
006
20m Cat
Amaroo II
Unknown
[1]
N/A
007
20m Cat
Green Islander
Unknown
[1]
N/A
008
20m Cat
Quicksilver
Unknown
[1]
N/A
009
29m Cat
Spirit of Roylen
Unknown
[1]
N/A
010
21m Cat
Trojan
Unknown
[1]
N/A
011
22m Cat
Keppel Cat I
Unknown
[1]
N/A
012
??m Cat
Thunderbird
Unknown
[1]
N/A
013
9m Cat
Little Devil
Unknown
[1] launched 1984[2]
N/A
014
??m Cat
Pybus Rutherglen Punt
Unknown
[1]
N/A
015
??m yacht
Margaret Rintoul
Unknown
[1]
N/A
016
27m Cat
Spirit of Victoria
Unknown
[1]
N/A
017
31m Cat
Tassie Devil 2001
Unknown
[1]
N/A
018
23m Cat
Starship Genesis
Unknown
[1]
N/A
019
31m Cat
2000
Unknown
[1]
N/A
020
30m Cat
Our Lady Patricia
Wightlink
Scrapped at Marchwood in 2008[3]
OurLadyPamela.jpg
021
30m Cat
Our Lady Pamela
Wightlink
Scrapped at Esbjerg in 2009[4]
N/A
022
37m Cat
Sea Flight
Cruise Whitsundays
[1]
Emeraude france douglas.jpg
023
74m WPC
Sea Speed Jet
Sea Jets
N/A
024
74m WPC
Pinar del Río
Euromaroc 2000
Hscsearunner1.jpg
025
74m WPC
Cosmosjet
Sea Jets
Arrival of the "Snaefell", Belfast - geograph.org.uk - 962424.jpg
026
74m WPC
Masterjet
Sea Jets
N/A
027
74m WPC
Golden Blaze
Unknown
Laid up in Piraeus
SeaCatS.jpg
028
74m WPC
Cyclades Express
NEL Lines
HSC Condor 10 St Malo 2003.JPG
030
74m WPC
Condor 10
Hanil Express
Known as Hanil Blue Narae
N/A
031
74m WPC
Mandarin
Dae-A-Gosok
Refitting at Busan
N/A
032
74m WPC
Atlantic III
Ferrylineas S.A.
N/A
033
78m WPC
Jaume I
Baleària
N/A
034
78m WPC
Elanora
El Salam Maritime
N/A
035
78m WPC
Mega Jet
Sea Jets
N/A
036
K class
Juan Patricio
Buquebus
N/A
037
K class
Sunflower
Dae-A-Gosok
Seacat rapide calais.jpg
038
81m WPC
Jaume II
Baleària
N/A
039
R&D craft
Solar Boat
Incat
Stena Lynx III Laid Up Dublin.jpg
040
81m WPC
Sunflower 2
Dae A Express
N/A
041
81m WPC
Jaume III
Baleària
N/A
042
86m WPC
Champion Jet 2
Seajets
Hsc tarifa jet.jpg
043
86m WPC
Tarifa Jet
Förde Reederei Seetouristik Iberia
Champion Jet 1 - Seajets - Heraklion - Portside.jpg
044
86m WPC
Champion Jet 1
Seajets
Condor Rapide02.JPG
045
86m WPC
Condor Rapide
Condor Ferries
N/A
046
91m WPC
T&T Express
Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago
The P&O "Express" at Larne - geograph.org.uk - 1894954.jpg
047
91m WPC
Express
Viking Line
Max mols.png
048
91m WPC
Max Mols
Mols-Linien
Hsc fjord cat hirtshals.jpg
049
91m WPC
Fjord Cat
Fjord Line
Hsc manannan.png
050
96m WPC
Manannan
Isle of Man
Steam Packet Company
Previously HSV-X1 Joint Venture
Bonanza Express sinking.jpg
051
96m WPC
Bonanza Express
Fred. Olsen Express
N/A
052
96m WPC
Alborán
Acciona Trasmediterránea
Puertonieveshafenwiki.jpg
053
96m WPC
Bencomo Express
Fred. Olsen Express
N/A
054
R&D Craft
Wing
Incat
Olsen express.jpg
055
96m WPC
Bentago Express
Fred. Olsen Express
Higspeed6 HellenicSeaways 2015.jpg
056
96m WPC
Highspeed 6
Hellenic Seaways
HSC Normandie Express 2009.jpg
057
98m WPC
Normandie Express
Brittany Ferries
N/A
058
98m WPC
Milenium Dos
Acciona Trasmediterránea
The cat ferry.jpg
059
98m WPC
Hai Xia Hao
Fujian Cross Straight Ferry
T&T Spirit at Scarborough.JPG
060
98m WPC
T&T Spirit
Government of Trinidad and Tobago
US Navy 031104-N-0000S-001 High Speed Vessel Two (HSV 2) Swift is participating in the West African Training Cruise.jpg
061
98m WPC
HSV-2 Swift
United States Navy 2002-2013. In UAE service from 2015. Seajets 2017 -
Major damage to port bow after missile attack off Yemen in 2016. Towed to Greece where it is being repaired
N/A
062
98m WPC
Milenium Tres
Acciona Trasmediterránea
N/A
063
17m Cat
Sixty Three
17m Project Pty Ltd
Natchan Rera 20131130 Hualien.JPG
064
112m WPC
Natchan Rera
Uni-wagon
Natchan World-008.jpg
065
112m WPC
Natchan World
Tsugaru Kaikyo Ferry
N/A
066
112m WPC
KatExpress 1
Mols-Linien
Previously Norman Arrow
N/A
067
112m WPC
KatExpress 2
Mols-Linien
N/A
068
85m WPC
Akane
Sado kisen
Under construction (2013)[5]
N/A
069
99m WPC
Francisco
Buquebus
N/A
070
17m
Gwenhyfar
Privately owned
Cruising ketch[6]
N/A
071
N/A
The Barge
Tas Marine Constructions
N/A
072
15m
Lindoy
Stava Bat &
Dykkerservice AS
Delivered to Norway 16 November 2011[7]
MR-1 fast ferry approaching MONA July 2017.jpg
073
34m
MR-1 or Mona Roma
Museum of Old and New Art
Delivered 9 February 2015.[8] Operates on Derwent River, Hobart
N/A
074
70m FCB
Muslim Magomayev
Caspian Marine Services
Launched 2014, named after Muslim Magomayev[9][10]
N/A
075
35m
Galaxy Clipper
MBNA Thames Clippers
Entered service October 2015[11]
N/A
076
35m
Neptune Clipper
MBNA Thames Clippers
Entered service October 2015[11]
Brooke Street Pier, 23 January 2015.jpg
077
Brooke St Pier
Brooke Street Pier Development Corporation
Pier, completed November 2014[12]
N/A
078
24m
Ocean Tracker
Bass & Flinders Cruises
Entered service 23 December 2015[13]
N/A
079
24m
Ocean Wave
Bass & Flinders Cruises
Entered service 23 December 2015[13]
N/A
080
33m
Ocean Surfer
Bass & Flinders Cruises
Entered service March 2016[14]
N/A
081
33m
Ocean Flyer
Bass & Flinders Cruises
Entered service March 2016[14]
Catherine Hamlin under test (31285037913).jpg
082
35m
Catherine Hamlin
Sydney Ferries
In service[15]
Fred Hollows ferry July 2017-002.jpg
083
35m
Fred Hollows
Sydney Ferries
Entered service 26 June 2017[15]
N/A
084
35m
Victor Chang
Sydney Ferries
In service[15]
N/A
085
35m
Pemulwuy
Sydney Ferries
In service[15]
N/A
086
35m
Bungaree
Sydney Ferries
Undergoing trials[15]
N/A
087
35m
Ferry McFerryface
Sydney Ferries
Under construction[15]
20170710 Molslinjen Aarhus 10 (36005662232).jpg
088
109m
KatExpress 3
Molslinjen
Entered service June 2017. 1,000 pass, 417 cars.[16]
N/A
089
110m
St John Paul II
Virtu Ferries
For service in Malta, due late 2018[17]
N/A
090
35m
.
Private buyer
Under construction
N/A
091
109m
.
Naviera Armas
For Canary Islands, early 2019. Price €74 million[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Earlier Vessels". Incat. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "History". Incat. Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "M/S OUR LADY PATRICIA (1986)". Fakta om Fartyg. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "M/S OUR LADY PAMELA (1986)". Fakta om Fartyg. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "85 Metre Wave Piercing Catamaran". Incat. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  6. ^ http://www.incat.com.au/gwenhwyfar-(070).html
  7. ^ http://www.incat.com.au/lindoy-(072).html
  8. ^ http://www.incat.com.au/mr-1-(073).html
  9. ^ "70 Metre Fast Crew Boat". Incat. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  10. ^ David Beniuk (14 September 2014). "Oil-industry cat a crooner's cruiser as Incat's Muslim Magomayev heads to Azerbaijan's Caspian oilfields". Mercury. 
  11. ^ a b Incat Builds Arrive in London in Style Sea Breezes 7 December 2015
  12. ^ $12 million floating waterfront masterpiece takes shape The Mercury 24 May 2014
  13. ^ a b New Manly fast ferries opened to public without Opal card access ABC News 29 December 2015
  14. ^ a b 4 Brand New Boats Manly Fast Ferry 18 March 2016
  15. ^ a b c d e f Six New Ferries for Sydney Harbour Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine. Incat 23 September 2015
  16. ^ Incat Builds New Ferry for Denmark Ships Monthly 29 April 2016
  17. ^ Incat to build a new 110 metre wavepiercer for Malta's Virtu Ferries Incat website
  18. ^ Fast Ferry Contract for Incat Incat website

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