A FERRY designed by Incat Crowther has commenced operations in Aussie waters for Queensland ferry operator SeaLink.

The new vessel, Talwurrapin, is operating on a busy passenger route between Redland Bay and Russell Island in South East Queensland.

Incat Crowther said the 24-metre vessel is the outcome of collaboration between the digital shipbuilder and ferry operator, with a number of design elements tailored specifically to SeaLink operations.

Talwurrapin is capable of transporting up to 200 passengers at speeds of up to 25 knots.

Incat Crowther positioned the vessel’s wheelhouse to provide maximum visibility, and tailored the vessel’s design to integrate with existing infrastructure at the ports the ferry will service.

Incat Crowther technical manager Andrew Tuite said Talwurrapin was the latest in a long line of successful projects between The Kelsian Group, its subsidiary brands and Incat Crowther.

“From passenger ferries in Queensland and Tasmania, to tourism cruise vessels in NSW, Incat Crowther has a long and proud history of working closely with SeaLink and The Kelsian Group to deliver high-quality vessels that are tailored specifically to their operational requirements,” Mr Tuite said.

“Talwurrapin will provide a safe, efficient, and vital community connection for people in the Moreton Bay region of Queensland.”

SeaLink marine and tourism CEO Donna Gauci said the company was proud to add Talwurrapin to its growing commuter fleet.

“We are incredibly proud of both the name, which is Quandamooka Jandai language for ‘Redland Bay’, and that it was built, right here, in the Redlands by Norman R. Wright & Sons,” Ms Gauci said.

“We proudly work with local shipbuilders to deliver innovative state-of-the-art vessels, and the Talwurrapin jet boat is another example of an exceptional ferry designed and built here in Australia.”