Australian yard Austal said it has won an 83.65 million euro (US$92.9 million) contract for the design and construction of a 115m-long high-speed catamaran ferry for Molslinjen of Denmark.
The vessel will carry 1,610 passengers and will have space for 450 cars or 617 lane metres for trucks and 257 cars over two vehicle decks. It will have an operating service speed close to 37 knots. The deal is a follow-up order to the 109m high-speed catamaran Express 4, delivered to Molslinjen by Austal in January 2019. The vessel type called Auto Express 115 will be the largest ferry by volume ever built by Austal. The vessel will be fitted with a new generation of medium-speed engines which are liquefied natural gas (LNG) compatible, and is designed with the potential to upgrade to LNG fuel in the future. Construction will commence in the third quarter of 2020 and delivery of the vessel is scheduled for the first quarter of 2022. It will be built by Austal in the Philippines. The vessel construction will follow from the end of the second Fred Olsen trimaran currently being built in the Philippines, creating continuity of production for the Philippines yard.
Austal Chief Executive Officer Mr David Singleton said: “To be designed in Henderson over a 12-month period and then built at our state-of-the-art shipbuilding facility in Balamban in the Philippines, the catamaran will feature Austal’s signature raked-bow and optimised hull form, and an LNG-capable medium-speed power plant that offers a powerful, yet economical and environmentally friendly solution.”