A new Incat built fast ferry currently being sea trialled in Hobart will be christened Francisco in honour of the Buenos Aires born Pope of the Catholic Church.
The decision to name the 99 metre ferry Francisco was made by Senor Juan Carlos Lopez Mena, the founder and Chairman of the South American company Buquebus, who will operate the ship between Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay.
Ensuring the vessel arrives in Argentina as Francisco the originally proposed name, Lopez Mena, has already been painted out and the new livery will start to be applied tomorrow (Wednesday) while the ship is at the wharf between sea trial outings.
Pope Francis (Papa Francisco) is the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church, he is the first Jesuit Pope, the first Pope from the Americas and the first from the Southern Hemisphere.
The Incat dual fuel 99 metre vessel Francisco will also be setting some world firsts: – being the first dual fuel high speed Ro-Ro to operate with LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) as the primary fuel.
Incat, June 11, 2013