Austal delivers 118-metre trimaran ferry

Perth shipbuilder Austal has delivered the first of two 118 metre long car and passenger ferries to shipping line Fred Olsen Express.

The Bajamar Express (pictured), part of an order worth $190 million, was handed over at a ceremony held at Austal’s shipyard at Henderson, south of Perth.

The aluminium trimaran, capable of transporting more than 1,100 passengers and 276 cars at speeds up to 38 knots,was ordered in 2017.

During sea trials the vessel was able to reach speeds of 44 knots (81.5 km/h).

A sister ship, the Banaderos Express is under construction at Austal’s yard in Cebu, Philippines and is scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2021.

The two ships will bring to five the number of Austal ferries operated by Fred Olsen.

They will operate on Fred. Olsen Express’ Santa Cruz, Tenerife and Agaete, Las Palmas routes in the Canary Islands.

The company operates the world’s largest trimaran ferry, the Austal-built 127 metre long Benchijigua Express.

Picture: Austal

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