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Autstal Delivers Trimaran to Fred Olsen

Posted on May 3, 2005

“Benchijigua Express”, the 127 m high speed trimaran built by Austal for Fred Olsen, S.A. has arrived and entered service in the Canary Islands.

Following her handover and departure from Fremantle, Australia on 13 April the vehicle-passenger ferry sailed to Tenerife via Cape Town arriving at 23:00 local time on Thursday 28 April, accomplishing the 9250 mile journey in 15 days at an impressive average speed, including one scheduled stop, of 25 knots.

During the delivery voyage, which included passing the notorious Cape of Good Hope, the vessel encountered severe weather conditions with combined sea and swell of up to eight metres. In the words of the seasoned delivery crew it was the “worst they had ever seen or experienced."

It is therefore testament to the nature of the trimaran hull design and superb construction that “Benchijigua Express” was able to complete the delivery voyage, make preparations and pass all local surveys unchallenged to enter service fully operational and on schedule at 07:00 on Monday 2 May.

For more information: www.austal.com

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