Marine Log

September 5, 2006

Austal extends cooperation with GL

Australian fast-vessel builder Austal Ships Pty Ltd. has prolonged its long-standing technical and commercial partnership with classification society Germanischer Lloyd. The agreement was extended for the fourth time in the last eleven years.

Germanischer Lloyd will continue to provide classificatory handling, technical advisory services and accompanying analyses of strength, dynamics and hydrodynamics for various Austal projects.

The agreement provides for a project-orientated plan approval service, onsite plan approval when necessary, and for the presence of experienced high speed craft surveyors on site.

Austal has lately won a contract for two 88 meters long high speed catamarans for Turkey's Istanbul Deniz Otobusleri (IDO). Each catamaran has a capacity of 1,200 passengers and 225 cars and will have an average speed of 36 knots at 90% of maximum power.

Germanischer Lloyd will class the newbuildings as part of the extended cooperation agreement.