Austal launches Volta electric passenger ferries

International shipbuilder Austal has launched a range of new electric-powered high-speed passenger ferries dubbed Volta by the company. The three-ship range broke cover yesterday with the Perth-based company highlighting the Passenger Express 46V (pictured, centre), a fully electric-powered 46 metre ferry design. The 46V has a capacity of up to 450 passengers, a maximum speed…

Biomaterials startup looks past pulp, pandemic

Today’s food byproducts will be turned into tomorrow’s fashion items if Nanollose is successful. Brent Balinski spoke to the company’s co-founder, Dr Wayne Best about fibres from fermentation, selling the first commercial garment made out of microbial cellulose this year, and why the growing waste-to-value movement will bring new challenges to companies like his. 

Submarine contract turmoil as defence eyes ‘Son of Collins’- report

The Australian Financial Review newspaper has thrown petrol on smouldering concerns about the rising cost of Australia’s future Attack class submarines with claims the government is considering abandoning the project altogether. A story today by Andrew Tillett said Defence officials were examining the possibility of replacing the ageing Collins class submarine with an updated version…