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Incat to use SSI shipbuilding software for giant Buquebús cat

SSI ShipConstructor has been selected by Incat to support structural modeling for two hull modules of Hull 096.

Posted on October 30, 2023

Incat Tasmania, which is building the world’s largest battery electric ferry for long time customer Buquebús , will use shipbuilding software from Victoria, B.C,, based SSI in the project.

Incat and its partner, Revolution Design, have selected SSI’s ShipConstructor design and modeling solution to support structural modeling for the two hull modules of the 130 meter RoPax catamaran (Incat hull 096) which, as well as setting a battery-electric record, will also be the world’s largest aluminum hulled vessel.

SSI says that ShipConstructor will deliver specific benefits for the complex project that includie centralized data management, automation and standardization of design outputs, 3D visualization on the shop floor and improved materials tracking.

A digital twin, created from ShipConstructor data will facilitate a clear overview of vessel configuration, supporting efficient operations and lifecycle maintenance.

The vessel is set to deliver in 2025. Incat is adopting ShipConstructor with the project already in progress, underscoring its belief that SSI can successfully deploy the solution, train and support shipyard personnel at high speed across relevant teams.

Incat anticipates that all primary structures of its next shipbuilding projects will be developed using the SSI shipbuilding system.

“Incat has always been an innovator and once again we are demonstrating our approach to advanced technology solutions by adopting ShipConstructor to support this complex project,” said Incat technical manager Stewart Wells. “SSI demonstrated an understanding of our challenges and how to effectively manage the design, modeling and data handling processes across all departments and disciplines.”

“Success with complex shipbuilding projects like Hull 096 calls for smarter information sharing across the shipyard, reducing waste and costs and generating a digital twin that can sustain lifecycle operations,” said Simon Crook, solutions specialist at SSI. “This contract lays the foundation for a long-term relationship between SSI and Incat and demonstrates confidence that Incat’s engineers will have success with the new tool in a production environment from day one.”


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