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Austal Receives Order for Its Largest Catamaran

Posted on April 3, 2009

Austal announced it will build its largest catamaran to date following an order from Denmark’s Nordic Ferry Services for the design and construction of a 113 m high-speed vehicle-passenger ferry. The vessel will be built by Austal’s Western Australian workforce and is scheduled for delivery in 2011.

Designed to carry 1400 passengers and 357 cars, the vessel will be among the world’s top-10 high speed ferries in terms of capacity and will surpass the landmark 127 m trimaran ferry “Benchijigua Express” to boast the highest vehicle-passenger capacity of any Austal-built vessel. The ferry is intended for operation between Rønne on the Danish island of Bornholm and Ystad in south east Sweden where it will join Danish operator BornholmsTrafikken’s existing 86 m Austal catamaran “Villum Clausen”, which has been operating along the route since 2000.

The vessel will be powered by four diesel engines to provice a maximum speed of up to 40 knots and will be built in accordance with the requirements and under the survey of Det Norske Veritas, conforming to International Maritime Organisation HSC Codes.

With Danish environmental regulations for fast ferries among the most stringent in the world, Austal’s design is required to comply with legislation covering environmental noise, wave-wash and exhaust emissions. The design also minimizes the need for alterations to the route’s existing port infrastructure, enabling both the 113 m catamaran and the 86 m “Villum Clausen” to operate in the summer season using the same vehicle and passenger ramps.

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