|Passenger / Vehicle Ferries|
The Incat group evolved from local Hobart boat building companies, including the Sullivans Cove Ferry Company (SCFC) formed by Robert Clifford in 1972. SCFC built conventional steel mono-hull vessels, and operated small ferries across Hobart’s Derwent River. SCFC gained prominence transporting more than 9 million passengers in the two years following the 1975 Tasman Bridge collapse, the sole bridge link between the eastern and western shores of Hobart.
After the bridge re-opened, International Catamarans Pty Ltd specialised in the construction of aluminium fast ferries.
In 1983 the Wave Piercing design was conceived, the 8.7 metre prototype craft Little Devil (013) first undergoing trials in 1984. The current range of Wave Piercing Catamarans still reflects the characteristics of the early craft.
The Incat group of companies is privately owned, with shares held by the founder and chairman of the board Robert Clifford, the Clifford family, company directors and employees.
Improving the Breed
The design is a constant evolution. With each incremental increase in waterline length comes a myriad of modifications to the hull and structure, however the vessels within each generation are far from identical with a range of configuration, fit-out, and performance variations evident.
In deadweight terms Incat has built 60% of the world’s high speed ferries with capacity over 750 tonnes. While the ferries initially revolutionised transport links around the United Kingdom, Incat-built ships now operate in North and South America, Australasia, the Mediterranean, Asia and throughout greater Europe.