WIGHT Shipyard Co delivered its first multi-million pound export order for a 250-passenger river catamaran.

The Twin City Liner will ply a tourist service running on the River Danube between Vienna and Bratislava, joining two European capital cities.

The passenger river catamaran was handed over to its new owners in an event hosted by Peter Morton, chief executive of Wight Shipyard.

In attendance were His Excellency Michael Zimmermann, Ambassador of the Republic of Austria, and Dr Gerd Krämer, from Twin City Liner.

Isle of Wight representatives included the Lord Lieutenant Major General Sir Martin White and Cllr Dave Stewart, leader of the Isle of Wight Council.

The 39 metre vessel is excellent news for the Isle of Wight shipyard and follows a productive 2018.

With other successful deliveries to Red Funnel for a second 41 metre high speed passenger ferry, followed swiftly after with Scotland’s Jacobite Cruises 21 metre day cruise catamaran for Loch Ness.

Mr Morton said: “Twin City Liner in Vienna, our first export order, follows domestic orders for Red Funnel and MBNA Thames Clippers, both of which we secured against international competition.”