INCAT Tasmania has joined Flinders Ports Holdings to be recognised as one of Australia’s Best Managed Companies for 2023 as part of Deloitte Private’s Best Managed Companies Program.

The shipbuilder joins a group of nine winners for 2023, “showcasing our company’s commitment to excellence in aluminium shipbuilding and position as an industry leader and innovator”, Incat said.

The program’s independent judges evaluate companies based on the four key pillars of strategy, culture and commitment, capabilities and innovation, and governance and financials.

Incat MD Craig Clifford received the award on behalf of Incat and attributed it to the efforts of the entire workforce.

“This award belongs to every single worker at Incat and reaffirms our commitment to innovation, quality, customer satisfaction, and environmental sustainability” Mr Clifford said.

“At our core, we’re a family company with family values and our dedication to workforce development and employee well-being is paramount to our success as a business. Incat has always worked hard to provide the best in training and development opportunities and foster a culture of learning and improvement. This award will only strengthen that commitment further.”

The Best Managed Company award adds to Incat’s list of accolades, including eight Exporter Awards at the Tasmanian Export Awards and the 2022 Large Employer of the Year at the Tasmanian Training Awards.

In campaigning leading up to the weekend’s state election the Liberal Government pledged to partner with Incat to double their shipbuilding capacity and deliver up to 500 jobs, as well new training facilities.

Premier Jeremy Rockliff said the government and the company would each invest $5.25 million to create new production halls, more floor space and Tasmania’s first marine recharging facilities for electric ferries.

A re-elected Liberal Government also promised to build three new Derwent River ferry terminals, with

Lindisfarne, Wilkinsons Point and Sandy Bay to be added to the highly successful return of ferries on the Derwent.

“Our government brought ferries back to the Derwent with the Bellerive service, and it’s been a raging success with more than 120,000 trips in 12 months,” Premier Rockliff said. Other priority ferry terminal locations along the Derwent River identified under the draft masterplan include Howrah Point, Kingston Beach and Regatta Point, under a future expansion. The Liberals look to have been returned to power but as a minority government and will have to negotiate with Greens, independents and the Jacqui Lambie Network to pass legislation.