Lake Express ferry is rapidly taking shape at Austal USA

October 10, 2003

Austal USA makes progress with Lake Express

Austal USA's latest project, a 192 ft vehicle passenger ferry for Lake Express, LLC, is rapidly taking shape. The tunnel has been stood and all of the piping and electrical wiring within the tunnel has been installed.

Ninety percent of the hull frames have been stood in preparation for fitting to the main deck. The wheelhouse module is 90 percent complete and plating has started. Prefabrication work on the ferry is also in its early stages.

This history-making ferry will run across Lake Michigan between Milwaukee, WI and Muskegon, MI. It will be the first high-speed vehicle/passenger ferry to operate within the Continental U.S. The aluminum catamaran will be the largest vessel so far--and the first of Austal Ships' world-class Auto Express designs--constructed at Austal USA's purpose-built shipyard in Mobile, Alabama.

With capacity for 253 passengers and 46 cars, the Auto Express 58 will be capable of 34 knots. The service is scheduled to begin by the summer of 2004.

Principal particulars Auto Express 58

  • Overall length:191 ft 07 in
  • Waterline length (approx): 171 ft 03 in
  • Molded beam: 57 ft 09 in
  • Hull depth (molded):16ft 05 in
  • Maximum hull draft:7 ft 10 in
  • Passengers: 253
  • Cars: 46
  • Main engines: 4 x MTU 16V 4000 M70
  • Gearboxes: 4 x ZF 7550
  • Waterjets: 4 x Kamewa 80 SII
  • Speed: 34 knots

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