Incat Places Third Craft

It’s three in a row for Incat with the announcement the 86m Wave Piercing Catamaran Incat 045 will leave the Hobart shipyard in mid-April bound for service with Italian operator Tris. This latest contract follows hard on the heels of two deals finalised since January – the sale of a new 98m Evolution 10B craft to Canada’s Bay Ferries and the deployment of the 74m Condor 10 with the UK’s Condor Ferries.

Incat 045
, trading as Winner, will enter service for Tris (Traghetti Isole Sarde) on the Genoa – Palau, Sardinia route. Well known as the former Royal Australian Navy craft HMAS Jervis Bay, Winner has a capacity for up to 900 persons and 200 cars and can travel at speeds of over 40 knots.

Sailing from mainland Italy at 8.45 am, arriving in Sardinia at 2.15 pm, Winner will return at 3 pm with an arrival in Genoa at 8.30 pm. On Mondays the vessel will call at Porto Vecchio, Corsica.

Tris is headed by Mr Nicola Parascandolo whose vision and foresight has brought this family concern from the cargo ship operation founded by his father in 1953 to the successful enterprise it is today. With a substantial fleet of nine ships, including Winner, Tris operates a network of busy routes from Genoa, Savona and La Spezia to Sardinia and Corsica.

Incat first established contact with Tris in 1997. Commercial Director Leith Thompson recalls “Mr Parascandolo was a guest onboard Incat 044 in Naples and having fully inspected the craft was most impressed with the high speed Wave Piercing Catamaran concept. Since then Tris and Incat maintained regular contact with each other and it is very pleasing that after four years of study Mr Parascandolo has elected the Incat product as being the most suitable for his requirements.”

With the charter of Winner Tris is bringing a new way of thinking to ferry operations in Italy where routes up to 200 nautical miles with fast craft can be very competitive compared with conventional medium speed tonnage currently operating 8+ hour crossings. In service Winner will save passengers between 3 and 5 hours per crossing compared against other services.

General Particulars
Builder Incat Tasmania Pty Ltd.
Class Society Det Norske Veritas
Certification DNV +1A1 HSLC R1 Car Ferry “A” EO
Length overall 86.62m
Length waterline 76.41m
Beam overall 26.00m
Beam of Hulls 4.33m
Draft 3.50m approx. in salt water
Service Speed approx. 40 knots
Lightship Speed approx. 48 knots

Total persons 900 persons
Vehicle Capacity 200 cars at 4.5m length x 2.3m wide or combination of cars and up to 4 buses.

Main Engines 4 x Ruston 20RK270 marine diesel engines.
Water Jets 4 x Lips LJ145D waterjets configured for steering and reverse.
Transmission 4 x Renk ASL60 gearboxes
Ride Control A ‘Maritime Dynamics’ active ride control system is fitted to maximise passenger comfort. The system combines active trim tabs aft and T-foil located at the forward end of each hull.