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Incat have just announced they have started cutting plates for the world's largest aluminium ferry Incat 96. The ferry is for Buquebus for service between Montevideo, Uruguay and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The catamaran will be 130m long, 32m beam, 13,000 gross tonnes and be able to carry 2,100 passengers and 220 cars with four Wärtsilä dual fuel engines powering waterjets that will propel the ferry at "over 40 knots". Its is expected to burn LNG fuel (although the current situation may change that).
 
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Doesn’t appear to have any outdoor areas, neither does the one in the top photo.  I could never travel on a boat with no external areas, NEX/Voyager has at least some space, albeit very small.  Outdoor space would be essential to me, if I get migraines I like to be outside in the fresh air
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Although slightly longer- this isn't as big as the Stena HSS craft
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khaines wrote: 16 Jul 2022 14:54 Doesn’t appear to have any outdoor areas, neither does the one in the top photo.  I could never travel on a boat with no external areas, NEX/Voyager has at least some space, albeit very small.  Outdoor space would be essential to me, if I get migraines I like to be outside in the fresh air

I was going to say, but it's only a short journey. Then I checked - 200km - so further than Portsmouth to Caen! 2h45 or 8h15 according to Google.  

Even the much shorter Buenos Aires Colonia del Sacramento Ferry (50km) takes 1h15
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Yes - Buquebus do not like any open decks... .
All procedures and layouts are very similar as on airplanes. F.ex. boarding, security-videos, 3 -class-system with tourist, business and 1st.
So the competitors here are not other ferry-companies - but airlines. 

Also the smaller "sisterferry" Francisco is complely closed. Maybe also because of the theoretic very fast speed of 53nots ?
Max. speed in the last 24 hours was up to 45,5 knots.







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i am sure that the new ferry now under construction will be very similar, but with much more tourist-seat-capacity than the Francisco.

On similar katamarans / trimarans f.ex. in the canary islands you can stay, sit and walk around on the open after-deck.
But there the speed is normally never more than 32 - 33 knots... . 

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Wärtsilä are supplying four Wärtsilä 31DF dual-fuel engines, four Wärtsilä WXJ1500SR waterjets and two Wärtsilä LNGPac fuel storage and supply system plus the Pro Touch bridge control system for this ferry.

 
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This has now moved from dual fuel to being fully electric with a 30MWh battery, plus swapping from jets to pods for propulsion as the operating speed has been lowered from 35 to 25 knots which will add 10 minutes to the journey time. They are also adding charging ports on both sides of the ferry.

See also Incat's Electric Ambitions for further general Incat Electric information from this announcement.



 
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Some news from Incat-yard and Buquebus, the ferry company between Argentina and Uruguay:
- The hull 096 is under construction in the Incat-yard in Australia for Buquebus and will be the biggest 100% battery-electric Ropax ferry.
- Battery storage is really big, over 40 Mwh
- 130m, 2100 Pax, 225 cars, 2000 square-meter Duty Free shop
- Electric system, engines etc. by Wärtsilä and Corvus Energy
- 2nd smaller ferry is planned to follow
- many other ferry-companies shall be interested also
- there is no timeline told, but i think that in winter 2024/2025 this ferry could be finished.

Let`s hope, that this ferry will be a new milestone in ferry-shipbuilding and that many European ferry-companies will follow with orders of similar biggest electric Catamarans so soon as possible. With the low building-costs, smallest crews, minimum maintenance-costs, Aluminium-lightweight and fast speed it is for many ferry-routes the best solution in the future.
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ropax wrote: 25 Aug 2023 18:44
Let`s hope, that this ferry will be a new milestone in ferry-shipbuilding and that many European ferry-companies will follow with orders of similar biggest electric Catamarans so soon as possible. With the low building-costs, smallest crews, minimum maintenance-costs, Aluminium-lightweight and fast speed it is for many ferry-routes the best solution in the future.
Let's not! Total horse sh*te, not suitable for lots of operators, as has been pointed out many many many times and it is getting boring banging on about it! 
 
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ropax wrote: 25 Aug 2023 18:44 Let`s hope, that this ferry will be a new milestone in ferry-shipbuilding and that many European ferry-companies will follow with orders of similar biggest electric Catamarans so soon as possible. With the low building-costs, smallest crews, minimum maintenance-costs, Aluminium-lightweight and fast speed it is for many ferry-routes the best solution in the future.
Before any large battery ferries start operating in Europe, the electricity supplies need to be sorted out. Electric ferries have many advantages but they don't all have to be catamarans, there are other hull types available.
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The propulsion system layout.

Buquebus Electric Ferry Propulsion Layout. Image: Wärtsilä.
Buquebus Electric Ferry Propulsion Layout. Image: Wärtsilä.

Buquebus Electric Ferry Battery & Switchgear.  Image: Wärtsilä.
Buquebus Electric Ferry Battery & Switchgear. Image: Wärtsilä.

Buquebus Electric Ferry Axial Flow WXJ1100 Waterjet Layout Controlled by ProTouch System. Image: Wärtsilä.
Buquebus Electric Ferry Axial Flow WXJ1100 Waterjet Layout Controlled by ProTouch System. Image: Wärtsilä.

The batteries are the newer lightweight Corvus Dolphin NextGen ESS (Energy Storage System), a development of Corvus's Blue Whale ESS.

Corvus Dolphin NextGen ESS. Photo: Corvus Energy.
Corvus Dolphin NextGen ESS. Photo: Corvus Energy.
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These kind of ferries will be the (long-term) future on most mid-distance-routes so soon they can load also a lot of trucks and many hundred cars. The big points of light-weight and much smaller crew than all "normal" ferries will be the key for the big future of Catamarans / Trimarans. 

From a norwegian article:
- Delivery to Buquebus is planned for 1st quarter 2025
- recharge-time for 20 MW is 90min
- Incat want to take 200 employees more soon and built more production-lines, seems really so as a number of other ferry-companies is waiting for to see how it works at Buquebus with this new electric Catamaran - and then they will order also newbuildings.
- actually Catamarans up to 150m could be ordered
- Servicespeed actually of the main-ferry HSC Francisco is 43 knots, there is no servicespeed published for the new electric Catamaran, but Buquebus is competing mainly with (Lowcost-)Airlines there, so i don´t think that they will go back to a slower speed. My speculation: They are just not sure actually weather 43 knots will be possible with the batteries - so better they say nothing about the speed now... .

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Not sure if this might have been reported earlier, but it appears Incat hull 096 for Buquebus will be named after Uruguayan actress, China Zorilla:

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Danim wrote: 25 Aug 2023 19:10
ropax wrote: 25 Aug 2023 18:44  
Let's not! Total horse sh*te, not suitable for lots of operators, as has been pointed out many many many times and it is getting boring banging on about it! 
Totally agree. Also fast ferries are boring.
 
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Turns out Shippax has made a visit to Incat and published an image report of Incat 130E (aka. China Zorrilla) back in November 2023: https://www.shippax.com/en/news/visit-t ... built.aspx

A deck plan was also captured, and quite interestingly, what appears to potentially be the first pax deck above the garage looks like a large shop of some sort ("Tier 2 Plan")? The side profile also supports the layout, with a staircase stretching over two decks (Tier 3 Plan, the apparent seating area, and Tier 2 Plan, the proposed shopping area). The usual Incat layout with large pillars seen on the side profile, suggests the vehicle deck being only capable of loading passenger cars (when comparing the heights of the different decks).
Source: Shippax, https://www.shippax.com/en/news/visit-to-incat-shipyard-where-the-largest-fully-electric-ferry-to-date-is-being-built.aspx
Source: Shippax, https://www.shippax.com/en/news/visit-to-incat-shipyard-where-the-largest-fully-electric-ferry-to-date-is-being-built.aspx

A computer model of this particular craft shows two decks sporting seaviews in the aft, opposed to a number of earlier artist impressions with windows being limited exclusively to the seating deck:
Source: Incat's YouTube channel
Source: Incat's YouTube channel
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She does get a bit of a GNV Azzura (1981, ex-Gotland) vibe with that window configuration in the aft 🙂
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A very similar layout to the 99m Francisco (hull 069) that Incat delivered to Buquebus in 2018 - she also has almost a full deck shop sandwiched between a 2.3m height car deck and a lounge deck consisting almost entirely of reclining seats.  It is clearly a very duty free focused route:  https://incat.com.au/wp-content/uploads ... sco-ga.pdf
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These Buquebus-routes are full competing there with Airlines, the Airport is also not far away from the ferry-port in Argentina - and such a route-profile does not exists in Europe.
Also well to see with the seat-classes, they use other names - but in fact it is Economy, Business Class and First Class - and most space onboard is used for Airline-style-seating.

And - as on Airports - the new CHINA ZORILLA will get a XXXL Duty Free Shopping center onboard, it shall be the biggest worldwide (was before onboard of OSLOFJORD) - so bigger also than an all Viking Line, Tallink-Silja, Color Line and similar ferries.

The "upper deck" could be theoretic a sun-deck - but is not in use at Buquebus, there is no chance to go outside anywhere - as on planes.
And what is on normal Catamarans in Europe used as (upper) car-deck is at Buquebus also used as indoor-space for passengers for to have enough space for the XXXL Duty free shopping-center (Tier 2 plan). Therefore here is also only the half Car-capacity with 225 instead of 450 as on the biggest newest Catamarans in Europe - most people on this route in South-America are traveling without car.

Freight does not matter on the Buquebus-routes and the European motorhome-boom has still not reached South-America.
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ropax wrote: 25 Feb 2024 15:03 These Buquebus-routes are full competing there with Airlines, the Airport is also not far away from the ferry-port in Argentina - and such a route-profile does not exists in Europe.
Also well to see with the seat-classes, they use other names - but in fact it is Economy, Business Class and First Com has still not reached South-America.
Goodness. This new incat sounds a joy to travel on!🤣🤣🤣
 
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