INCAT Tasmania plans to “revolutionise the world shipping industry” by delivering more battery electric ships from its Hobart shipyard.

The Australian shipbuilder said it received significant interest from industry after unveiling the first design of a series produced 70-metre battery electric ship.

It intends to produce several of these vessels out of its shipyard each year and scale up the company workforce to prepare for what it believes will be a significant expansion.

Incat chairman Robert Clifford announced the company’s plans to delegates at the annual Interferry conference, held this year in Hobart.

Incat Tasmania is currently building the what it says is the world’s largest lightweight battery electric ship, a 130-metre-long ferry that will be 100% battery electric.

“We have captured the world’s attention by constructing the largest battery electric passenger and vehicle ferry and announcing our ambitions to make zero emission battery electric vessels more readily available for the world,” Mr Clifford said.

“This has resulted in around 300 representatives from the ferry industry converging on our shipyard to see the industry leading innovation happening at Incat.

“We are the world leader and innovator of the high-speed ferry market and with a global focus on emissions reduction, we are well placed to help our customers transition to a zero emissions future through our cutting-edge construction methods.”

The 47th annual Interferry conference began on 4 November and wrapped up on 8 November.