Austal Limited (ASX:ASB) reports that its Henderson, Western Australia, shipyard has successfully launched Hull 394, the first of two 118 meter high-speed trimaran ferries currently under construction for Fred. Olsen Express of the Canary Islands.
To be named Bajamar Express, the vessel is now in the final stages of fit out at the yard;
“With today’s launch of Bajamar Express, our internationally competitive Australian team has again demonstrated an inherent capability to design and construct advanced, cutting-edge vessels efficiently and cost effectively,” said Austal CEO David Singleton. “Austal developed the world’s first and largest high-speed passenger trimaran ferry, the Benchijigua Express, here in Henderson Western Australia and it is with great pride that we now launch the latest evolution of that highly successful, proven design.”
Bajamar Express (Hull 394) is a 118 meter aluminum trimaran, capable of transporting more than 1,100 passengers and 276 cars at speeds up to 38 knots. Along with her sister ship, Bañaderos Express (Hull 395) under construction at Austal Philippines, the ship features an optimized trimaran hull form and is fitted with Austal’s motion control technology to deliver a smoother ride and an enhanced on board experience for both customers and crew.
The vessel features class-leading interior amenities and facilities, including multiple bars, kiosks, a retail shop and children’s play area and will operate on Fred. Olsen Express’ Santa Cruz, Teneriffe and Agaete, Las Palmas routes in the Canary Islands.