INCAT Tasmania’s latest vessel, the 100-metre ship destined for Trinidad and Tobago, was floated out of its drydock on Hobart’s Derwent River on 9 October and will remain alongside the shipyard wharf for machinery commissioning during October. 

Australian shipbuilder Incat commenced construction of Buccoo Reef in early 2019. All major machinery and equipment has now been installed and together with electronic systems are being commissioned and tested in readiness for sea trials in November.

 The ship, Incat’s hull 094, will be delivered later this year for service on the seabridge between Port of Spain Trinidad and Scarborough, Tobago. 

The passenger deck with capacity for 1000 people is divided into three lounges that incorporate a range of bars and food service areas together with passenger toilet facilities.

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The expansive vehicle deck offers 175 full height truck lane metres plus capacity for 182 cars, or if trucks are not carried the ship can accommodate 239 vehicles.  Passenger access from the vehicle deck to the passenger level is via stairs or elevator.  The vessel layout also includes cabins to accommodate up to 14 crew members.

Buccoo Reef will achieve a top speed of over 40 knots with powering by four MAN 16V 28/33 STC marine diesel engines each rated at 7280kW, Wartsila WXJ 1200 SRI waterjets and ZF 53500NR2H gearboxes. 

Passenger comfort is enhanced with a Naiad Dynamics active ride control system combining active trim tabs aft and a retractable T-foil located at the aft end of the centre bow.

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