Incat Wins Contract to Overhaul New Zealand Fast Craft

Incat has won a contract to overhaul a New Zealand-based high speed Wave Piercing Catamaran. The Lynx arrived at the Hobart shipyard on August 30 for the commencement of works, scheduled to take two weeks.

The craft operates year-round for Tranz Rail across New Zealand’s Cook Strait between Wellington and Picton on what must be one of the most beautiful ferry crossings in the world. Built in Hobart in 2000 as Incat Tasmania, hull 057, the craft is already well known to Australians by virtue of her Olympic Torch carrying role on Hobart’s River Derwent and also for her time at Darling Harbour on charter to Business Club Australia during the Sydney Games.

A passenger craft is taken out of service for overhaul on a regular basis, usually during the off-peak season. This is The Lynx‘s first overhaul since entering service and comes after an impressive 6,000 hours in operation.

During the overhaul The Lynx will undergo a full survey in Incat’s new Wilson’s drydock facility. Other work will include:

Hull repainting
Machinery inspection and servicing
Upholstery and carpet cleaning

On completion of her overhaul The Lynx will return to New Zealand, departing Hobart on September 16.