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World's Fastest Ship to Call at Wellington
Australian ferry builder Incat latest build is expected to call at Wellington for bunkers about 19 July on her delivery trip. She is the world’s first high speed dual-fuel vehicle and passenger ferry and is now officially fast with a lightship speed of 58.1 knots - (107.6 kilometres an hour) and a thrill for the designers of the 99 metre high speed vessel FRANCISCO. This is certainly the fastest ship in the world......of course there’s a few speed boats that could surpass 58 knots but nothing that could carry 1000 passengers and 150 cars, and with an enormous duty free shop on board. Last week at 1516 tonne displacement trial she achieved 51.8 knots at 100% MCR operating with one turbine on LNG and one on marine distillate, exceeding the results achieved on 1st June when Francisco was sea trialled with full ballast comfortably exceeding 50 knots at full power and maintaining a steady 49 knots at 90 per cent power while operating on marine distillate.
On Saturday 15th June, with the water ballast removed, and with both Port and Starboard Gas Turbines operating on LNG. FRANCISCO achieved 58.1 knots at 100% MCR. The vessel’s high speed can be attributed to the combination of Incat wave piercing catamaran design, the use of lightweight, strong marine grade aluminium, and the power produced by the two 22MW GE LM2500 gas turbines driving Wartsila LJX 1720 SR waterjets. The extensive and luxurious interior made significant increases to the weight of the interior fitout, however the Incat team worked diligently to maximise weight savings during construction wherever possible. FRANCISCO has been constructed for South American company Buquebus, for service on the River Plate, between Buenos Aires Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay.
Buquebus announced that the vessel will be named FRANCISCO, in honour of the Argentinean born Pope Francis. FRANCISCO has capacity for 1,000 persons and 150 cars. A luxurious fit out has been incorporated, including a 1,100 square metre duty-free shop. Buquebus has clearly demonstrated their preference for Incat technology over a twenty year period and she is the eighth Incat vessel to be operated by Buquebus and their associated companies.
It will be the largest catamaran they have operated, the world’s first dual fuel high speed ferry to operate on LNG as its primary fuel, and the fastest, environmentally cleanest, most efficient, high speed ferry in the world.
On 13 July 1992 the first fast ferry to visit Wellington arrived for fuel on her delivery voyage to Montevideo, Uruguay. She was the 74 metre Incat built PATRICA OLIVA also built for Buquebus. While here she took 50 guests for a trip to the Martlborough Sounds and left Wellington at midnight for the Chatham Islands where more fuel was taken on board.
New Zealand Ship and Marine Society (15th Sep 2015). World's Fastest Ship to Call at Wellington. In Website New Zealand Ship and Marine Society. Retrieved 21st Feb 2017 02:50, from http://nzshipmarine.com/nodes/view/1189