Vehicle Ferry Order For Austal
Austal has announced it received a contract for a 67 m high-speed vehicle-passenger catamaran for Virtu Ferries of Malta. The new vessel will be powered by six MTU 16V 4000 M71, 16-cylinder main diesel engines driving four Kamewa 80SII and two Kamewa 90SII waterjets through four ZF 7550 NRH and two ZF 7550 NRB2 gearboxes. It is scheduled for delivery in time for the European 2005 summer season and will have the capacity to carry 600 passengers and 65 cars or 95 lane metres of trucks plus 35 cars. The vessel will have a maximum deadweight of 260 tonnes and will operate loaded at a speed of 35 knots. The vessel is being built in accordance with the requirements, and under the survey, of the Det Norske Veritas, conforming to IMO codes and Malta Flag State and Italian Port State Regulations. Registration will be under the Malta Flag.