It was my pleasure today to attend the launch of Incat’s latest Tasmanian-built Sydney ferry.
This is the fourth completed ferry out of six ordered from Incat by the NSW Government and Incat are reinvesting the dividends in Tasmania, with its workforce expanding significantly in the last 18 months to around 550 people. This includes 33 new apprentices to support the Sydney ferry contract and other large projects they currently have underway.
The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to supporting new opportunities for Tasmania’s advanced manufacturers that will create more jobs for Tasmanians, and this is a great demonstration of the confidence we are now seeing in this growing sector.
Having the new vessels built right here in Tasmania will also strengthen our boat building reputation- an important element of securing other advanced manufacturing and defence-related contracts of significance, especially in the maritime sector.
On behalf of the Tasmanian Government, I want to congratulate everyone at Incat on this achievement and look forward to further growth and job opportunities for the future.