Have you ever wondered what the world’s fastest ship is called? Or even where it’s from? Well wonder no more, here are the answers. The Australian shipyard Incat is responsible for ‘the HSC Francisco’, a high speed dual fuel vehicle and passenger ferry. It can travel up to 58 knots, or 67 miles for those of you who don’t know knots. 107 km for those using the metric system.
How does such a large vessel reach such speeds? Two modified jet engines driving a pair of water jets, that’s how. There are some speed boats out there that can match it, but nothing that can carry 150 cars and 1,000 passengers. It’s so big, it even has its own duty free shop. The ship is like an airport on water, minus the airplanes.
This amazing catamaran is presently owned by Argentine-Uruguayan ferry company Buquebus, which operates between Buenos Aires and Montevideo. The ship is named after Pope Francis, the fastest Pope alive. Another similarity is that the HSC Francisco uses liquefied natural gas (LNG) as primary fuel, making it environmentally friendly as well.
Let’s hope this amazing ship manages to find its way to Phuket sometime in the near future. It should fit right in.