The World’s Fastest Ship – Incat Super Fast Ferry Excels – Carry 150 cars and 100 Passengers
Built at Incat’s shipyards in Hobart, Tasmania, this is the world’s fastest ship. With a cargo of over 1,000 passengers and 150 cars, the 99-meter catamaran can travel at speeds of up to 58 knots or 107 km per hour. Its new owner, Buquebus Ferries, has named it ‘Francisco’ in honour of Argentinean-born Pope Francis.
The vessel’s high speed can be attributed to the combination of Incat wave piercing catamaran design, the use of lightweight, strong marine grade aluminium, and the power produced by the two 22MW GE LM2500 gas turbines driving Wartsila LJX 1720 SR waterjets. The extensive and luxurious interior made significant increases to the weight of the interior fitout, however the Incat team worked diligently to maximise weight savings during construction wherever possible.
Incat fast ferry has built 25 High Speed Craft over 5000 gross tonnes with a top speed in excess of 45 knots.