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Austal Wins Multi-Purpose High Speed Ferry Contract

Posted on May 19, 2006

The Sultanate of Oman and Austal have signed a contract for two 65 meter, 50 knot, multi-purpose passenger-vehicle catamaran ferries. The identical aluminium vessels, scheduled for delivery in 2007 and early 2008.

The vessels will have overall lengths of 64.8 metres, Beam moulded of 16.7 metres, a hull draft (maximum) of 2.1 meters and a Deadweight (maximum) of 146 tonnes. The propulsion systems will use four MTU 20V 1163 TB73L main engines each producing 6500 kW driving four Kamewa 90SII water jets via four Reintjes gearboxes. The vessels will have the capacity to carry 203 passengers and 56 cars or 54 lane metres of trucks plus 40 cars. The vessels are being built in accordance with the requirements and under the survey of Det Norske Veritas, conforming to the International Maritime Organisation High Speed Craft code (HSC 2000).

The ferries are to provide a new tourism service to Oman’s ruggedly spectacular northern coastline and will be the flagship vessels in the Sultanate’s expanded marine transport and security network.

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