Isle of Wight shipbuilding company Wight Shipyard has delivered its sixth new vessel in just two years.
As reported by Isle of Wight Radio, the firm has been building a new 39m Passenger Catamaran set to operate on the River Danube between Vienna and Bratislava – joining the two European capital cities.
The 250-seater vessel was launched in East Cowes back in December and it has now been handed over to its new owners at an event hosted by Peter Morton, CEO of Wight Shipyard.
In attendance were His Excellency Michael Zimmermann Ambassador of the Republic of Austria to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Dr Gerd Krämer
Isle of Wight representatives included the Lord Lieutenant Major General Sir Martin White
KVO CB and Dave Stewart Leader of the Council.
The presentation follows other successful deliveries in 2018.
A second 41-metre high-speed passenger ferry was built for Red Funnel, as well as a 21-metre day cruise catamaran for Scotland’s Jacobite Cruises.
Peter Morton said:
“Twin City Liner in Vienna, our first export order, follows domestic orders for Red Funnel and MBNA Thames Clippers, both of which we secured against international competition.
“Our reputation for building the finest high-speed ferries in the world is spreading, making the prospects for Wight Shipyard look healthy. Our strong order book is a big vote of confidence for our Isle of Wight shipwrights, the marine industry and indeed the UK economy.”