Argentinian ferry operator Buquebus has entered into a design contract with Australian shipyard Incat for a dual-fuel LNG high-speed ferry.
Buquebus operates a ferry service between Buenos Aires and Uruguay. In 2013 the company introduced the LNG-powered Incat ferry FRANCISCO.
The main difference in the design of the potential new ferry and FRANCISCO is that the latter was powered by a gas turbine, but Incat is suggesting the former be powered by reciprocating engines. Incat Tasmania chairman Robert Clifford explained “It will be simpler than using gas turbines as these are very complex engines and the delivery of gas is difficult.”