GLOBAL FERRY BOOM FUELS RECORD ORDERS FOR HOBART SHIPBUILDER INCAT

MARCH 12, 2017

ANNE MATHER, Mercury

April 12, 2017 8:24pm

 

SOARING global demand for fast ferries has fired up production and staff numbers at Tasmanian shipbuilder Incat.

 

Company chairman Robert Clifford said the shipbuilder was filling a record number of orders this year.

 

“This is the busiest we’ve ever been, and it promises to get even busier,” Mr Clifford said.

 

The workforce of more than 500 will expand to cater for the extra demand, requiring a doubling of apprentice numbers and an overall growth to almost 750 workers.

 

“We do need to increase the workforce over the next six months by about 200 people, bringing us up to the 750 mark gradually by the end of the year,” Mr Clifford said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Incat worker strolls past the company’s newest ferry, which will soon depart for Denmark. Picture: RICHARD JUPE

 

In a deal worth more than $100 million, the company has just completed a 109m fast ferry for Denmark, which will be trialled on the Derwent over Easter. When the contract for Express 3 was announced in October 2015, Incat staff numbers were about 220.

 

With the global financial crisis now behind us, ship owners around the world are rapidly ordering new ships

 

The extra workload has required a steady increase in staff over the past 18 months.

 

The giant vessel, which can carry 1000 passengers and 400 cars, joins three other Incat-built vessels already ferrying commuters and tourists around Denmark.

 

It is one of seven being built and delivered by Incat this year.

 

The company is finishing a second Incat-built commuter ferry for Sydney Harbour and will complete four more Sydney ferries for Transport NSW by September. Other orders are coming from Europe.

 

“There are three or four other orders in the pipeline we are confident of getting,” he said. “With the global financial crisis now behind us, ship owners around the world are rapidly ordering new ships.”

 

Mr Clifford said he was also interested in the Bruny Island ferry service, for which the State Government called for expressions of interest last year. A new long-term contract for the service is expected to be announced later this year.

 

As part of its staff expansion, Incat expects to soon double its apprentice numbers from its current 27 training at the Prince of Wales Bay shipyards.

 

The Denmark-bound vessel will leave Tasmania the week after Easter. It is now in the final stages of fitout.

 

The extra workload has required a steady increase in staff over the past 18 months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apprentices Taran Ocean, from left, Kayden Stafford and Brady Bennett in the engine room of Incat’s new ferry, Express3, which will undergo sea trials during Easter and is due to depart for Denmark a week later. Picture: RICHARD JUPE

 

The giant vessel, which can carry 1000 passengers and 400 cars, joins three other Incat-built vessels already ferrying commuters and tourists around Denmark.

 

The ship, called Express 3, is one of seven being built and delivered by Incat this year.

 

The company is currently finishing a second Incat-built commuter ferry for Sydney Harbour and will complete four more Sydney ferries for Transport NSW by September.

 

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