Posted December 5, 2019
A UK shipbuilder is continuing its success in the fast ferry sector having secured an order for four vessels from a Malta-based cruise company.
Captain Morgan Holdings Ltd, a subsidiary of Fortina Investments Ltd, has ordered four newbuild vessels from Wight Shipyard Co. The order consists of two 20m and two 33m catamarans, all to be designed by One2Three Naval Architects.
Peter Morton, CEO of Wight Shipyard, said: "We have been working with One2Three to develop lighter, more fuel-efficient ferries with the subsequent reduction of fuel costs. The operators see the long-term benefits in using less fuel and thereby reducing carbon emissions. We are also working to integrate the boarding design for the ancient wharves and docks of the towns of Malta.”
The two newbuild 20m harbour waterbus vessels will replace several older vessels, which already service the harbour routes. They will be designed to service the low wharves at each harbour providing easy embarkation and debarkation for passengers while cruising around the harbour.
These vessels will be of a similar design to Wight Shipyard’s Loch Ness Jacobite Maverick 20m day cruise passenger catamaran, also designed by One2Three Naval Architects. The new 20m design is a slower harbour waterbus designed for going point to point around the main ports of the capital.
Fortina Investments CEO Edward Zammit Tabona said the vessels are due to launch in May 2020.
The two 33m medium speed vessels are a new design for Wight Shipyard, based on a commuter boat currently used on Sydney harbour.
By Rebecca Jeffrey