In 2017, I had the pleasure of visiting Wight Shipyard Co’s famous Columbine Yard in East Cowes (Isle of Wight) when two fast ferries for operation on the River Thames were under construction.
I was highly impressed by the yard and it is good to see fast ferry building once again established on the Isle of Wight.
Export orders continue to advance Wight Shipyard Co’s reputation as a world leading fast ferry builder with a multiple vessel contract from Mexico’s largest ferry operator.
Until now, Ultramar has built all its high speed ferries in the United States and the order for two 37 metre ferries, the first British vessels to be built for Mexico in living memory, is more positive news for the Isle of Wight shipyard following a highly successful 2017.
At the end of August last year, Red Funnel confirmed an order for a second 41 metre high speed passenger ferry, followed soon after when Scotland’s Jacobite Cruises placed an order for a 21 metre day cruise catamaran for Loch Ness. More recently, a contract was inked for a 39 metre high speed craft for passenger services between Vienna and Bratislava. “This order for Ultramar really is very satisfying as it continues our move into international markets,” says Wight Shipyard CEO Peter Morton.
“Our reputation for high quality ferries is spreading”
“Our reputation for high quality ferries is spreading and we are delighted to be awarded the contract to build our largest ferries yet. Ultramar operates a fleet of ferries between Cancún, Isla Mujeres and Cozumel ports in the Quintana Roo Peninsula.
“Ultramar is also hosting the annual conference of ferry industry body Interferry to be held this year in Cancún during October, so we are looking forward to joining with them at this important event,” he says.
“We are very proud to start a relationship with Wight Shipyard Co and we are certain that it will be a long and happy one for all,” says Germán Orozco, Chief Executive of Ultramar.