As the building of the new vessel for Gordon River Cruises on Tasmania’s west coast continues to progress, we can now reveal an exciting first for the company.
‘The vessel will be fitted with both diesel engines and
electric motors, meaning that we can switch between one or the other or both,
depending on the location of the vessel at the time and the prevailing weather
conditions,’ RACT Group Chief Executive Harvey Lennon said.
‘This will reduce fuel consumption and our impact on the
‘In addition, and perhaps the most exciting, when we enter
the Gordon River we will switch the diesel propulsion engines off, leaving only
the electric drive.
‘This will mean guests on-board will enjoy a cruising
experience like nothing that has ever been available in Tasmania’s world
heritage area before – quiet cruising, which is completely in keeping with the
values of this remarkable place.
‘We believe this is the first commercial
passenger vessel of its kind in the southern hemisphere and are pleased to be able to
bring this experience to members, other Tasmanians and visitors to our island
Toby Richardson, co-director of Richardson Devine Marine
(RDM), said the building of the new vessel set a new benchmark for the company.
landmark opportunity for RDM to be the first builder in the world to produce a
commercial hybrid drive vessel of this size,’ he said.
engines can be shut down and the vessel quietly propelled with electric motors
driving the propellers, offering a level of serenity otherwise unknown on a
commercial cruise vessel of this size.
drive system has been developed by one of the world’s leaders in marine
propulsion – MTU, based in Germany. Right now there is only one other vessel
with this same drive package – a spectacular private yacht recently
launched and cruising in the Caribbean.’
Gordon River Cruises vessel is due to launch in April 2018.
details visit gordonrivercruises.com.au/2018 and watch the video below.