Tasmanian shipbuilder Incat has officially handed over its latest ferry as the ship builder confirms it has another international order to complete.

The 110 metre HSC Saint John Paul is scheduled to depart Hobart today and is due to go into operation in the Mediterranean with Virtu Ferries travelling between Malta and Sicily.

The wave piercing catamaran will be the largest high-speed catamaran in the Mediterranean and with a service speed up to 38 knots.

“Work commenced on HSC Saint John Paul II in 2017, and together with other export orders has been a catalyst for the significant increase in workforce numbers at Incat over the past two years,” Incat Chairman Robert Clifford said.

Incat has also confirmed work is underway on a new vessel for the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.

The new fast passenger and cargo ferry will have capacity for 1000 people, including 224 VIP seats, and will carry 239 cars or a combination of trucks and cars.

The Trinidad & Tobago inter-island seabridge has previously been served by two Incat vessels, the T&T Express and T&T Spirit.

The new vessel will be delivered in 2020.