Australian high speed craft builder Incat Tasmania has handed over the 76m high speed passenger catamaran El Dorado Express, which is now on her delivery voyage to new owner Daezer Ferry of South Korea.
Reflecting the requirements of her owners the bespoke new ferry, Incat Hull 099, is predominately a passenger craft with ramp and cargo space forward.
She will operate for Daezer Ferry on the crossing between Pohang and Ulleung, an island 117 nautical miles off the eastern coast of South Korea supporting the needs of local residents and providing a service for tourists to the Islands.
Incat Tasmania Chairman Robert Clifford says Incat is no stranger to Korean waters having delivered its first vessel to the region in 1995, the still highly regarded Sunflower. “Sunflower served Ulleung island for 25 years and was only recently retired by Daezer in compliance with Korean ship age limits,” he says.
Mr Kim, CEO of Daezer Ferry said “We are thrilled to introduce the El Dorado Express, a remarkable vessel that will navigate the challenging waters of the East Sea of Korea with unparalleled speed.
“In our quest to deliver the fastest ferry, we chose Incat as our partner, confident in their ability to provide the highest quality craftsmanship. We eagerly anticipate showcasing this extraordinary vessel to the people of Korea, and we are certain that it will exceed their expectations.”
El Dorado Express will provide passengers with a smooth ride and enhanced onboard experience thanks to Incat’s tried and proven evolved wave-piercing hullform and centre-bow arrangement.
Designed by Revolution Design the El Dorado Express is a truly fast vessel, reaching an impressive speed of 50.2 knots on sea trials with 100 tonnes deadweight.
On board El Dorado Express passengers can enjoy an abundance of natural light in a high-quality interior featuring comfortable seating, durable timber-look.