The order, from Captain Morgan Holdings Ltd, a subsidiary of Fortina Investments Ltd, consists of 4 new-build vessels, 2x 20m and 2x 33m catamarans, all to be designed by One2Three Naval Architects.
Peter Morton, CEO, Wight Shipyard, says:
“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 20m harbour waterbus vessels will replace a number of 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.
Fortina Investments CEO Edward Zammit Tabona said:
“We are very excited about this venture and collaboration with Wight Shipyard, which is renowned for its high standards and attention to detail. We are looking forward to launching these vessels in Malta’s seas in May 2020, which will see Captain Morgan Group take its sea and land transport services to another level.”
The 33m medium speed vessels are a new design for Wight Shipyard, based on a commuter boat currently used on Sydney harbour.
Wight Shipyard Co. has recorded exceptional success in the fast ferry sector since its inception, and this latest order will take the yard to 13 new builds in just over 4 years. Previous notable builds include the renovation of the historic motor yacht MY Shemara, Red Funnel’s Red Jet 6 and 7, 3x MBNA Thames Clippers, the Jacobite Maverick in Scotland, the Twin City Liner commuter and sightseeing vessel on the River Danube, and most recently 2 fast ferries delivered this summer for Mexico’s largest ferry operator Ultramar.