Austal Launches 127m Aluminium Trimaran
Austal has launched the largest aluminium ship it has ever built, the 127 metre trimaran ferry Benchijigua Express. With power provided by four 8200 kW diesel engines driving three waterjets the Auto Express 127 trimaran will be able to maintain Fred. Olsen, S.A.’s projected service speed in excess of 40 knots and carry 1350 passengers, over 340 cars and a substantial number of trucks. Benchijigua Express will undergo final onboard fitout prior to undergoing sea trials during November. The vessel will then depart for the Canary Islands on a delivery voyage covering approximately 9500 nautical miles. Construction of the ferry commenced at the Austal shipyard in Western Australia in September 2003.