Wight Shipyard Co’s work on two Ultramar fast ferries included underwater LED lighting (Image: Wight Shipyard Co)
UK-based shipbuilder Wight Shipyard Co (WSC) has completed its second large export order, delivering two fast ferries to Mexican operator Ultramar.
WSC secured its first large ferry export order for Twin City Liner in Vienna earlier this year. Ultramar chose to work with the shipbuilder after seeing the quality and timely deliveries of RedJet 6 and 7, and MBNA Thames Clippers’ Venus Clipper.
The shipyard was able to complete the vessels, which were designed by Incat Crowther, in just 10 months.
“WSC has exceeded our expectations in both finish and performance,” said Mauricio Orozco from Ultramar. “The whole team are a delight to work with. They are such a professional team with each manager an expert in their field. There is a need for more vessels and there is no question that WSC will be building them. Previously all our boats were built in the USA.”
The 459-passenger vessels are 20,000 kilograms lighter than comparable models allowing them to travel at higher speeds and more fuel-efficiently.
“Working with Ultramar is a good match for WSC,” said Peter Morton, CEO of WSC. “Our standards and attention to detail are of paramount importance to produce not only an on-time build, but one of superior quality. Ultramar provide both commuter and holiday destination vessels and the level of fitout is far higher than normal commuter boats. Stages for lives bands, multi coloured LED lighting above and below the waterline and very powerful sound systems were a first for us.”
Upon arrival, the ferries will primarily operate between Cancun and Isla Mujeres in Mexico. They will also be able to sail the Playa del Carmen – Cozumel route which follows more specific docking restrictions.
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