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Incat’s Latest 112 m High Speed Catamaran Sets Many "Firsts"

Posted on April 29, 2009

Incat has announced the acquisition of its latest 112 m high speed catamaran by France’s LD Lines. At nearly 11 000 gross tonnes, the new craft is one of the largest vessels yet built by Incat.

The vessel is on course to set many precedents according to Incat. When it enters service later this year, it will reportedly be the largest ever fast ferry to operate on the cross channel routes between England and France. It will be the first-ever freight carrying high speed vessel to operate across the Dover Straits and LD Lines becomes the first-ever French ferry company to operate high speed ferries on the short sea routes from Dover. The vessel is also said to be the world’s largest diesel-powered catamaran and it is the first Incat 112 m vessel to operate in Europe.

The introduction of LD Lines’ first-ever fast ferry is a major development for the company, further emphasizing the strategy to firmly establish its business on the cross channel routes from Dover. LD Lines’ new Dover-Boulogne service will be greatly enhanced as the new fast ferry will increase frequency from the current two to six return sailings daily. All types of tourist traffic will be carried including cars, caravans, motor homes, coaches and foot passengers, in addition to freight.

The new craft will operate at speeds of approximately 40 knots providing capacity for up to 417 cars or 567 lane metres of truck space and 195 cars. The accommodation is designed to cater for up to 1200 passengers.

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