Austal delivers new 49 metre passenger ferry

Perth-based shipbuilder Austal (ASX: ASB) has delivered a new $30 million aluminium ferry from its recently expanded Philippines’ shipyard.

The 49 metre long high-speed vessel was delivered to SNC Aremiti and will be used in French Polynesia.

The Aremiti 6 has a seating capacity for 620 passengers, garage space for small vehicles and cargo, and a top speed of 36 knots.

This bring to five the number of Austal ships operating in French Polynesia.

Austal CEO David Singleton said the trebling of capacity in the Philippines yard was now paying off, and was now providing employment for 900 people.

“Austal Philippines has done an excellent job on this project, producing a high quality vessel to a long-standing client that reflects the professional staff and shipbuilding skills we have at our Cebu shipyard.”

The vessels was completed inside the new John Rothwell Assembly Bay.

Rothwell, non-executive chairman of the company, founded Austal and was its first managing director.

Picture: Austal

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