Two high speed ferries on route to Guadeloupe

"Perle Express" and "Liberty"

The two new vessels, one vehicle-passenger ferry and one passenger ferry, will commence operations in October 2011 from Guadeloupe to the Caribbean islands of Marie-Galante, Les Saintes, Dominica and Martinique, where they will provide an important inter-island link for tourism and trade.

The vehicle-passenger ferry, “Perle Express”, has the capacity for 364 passengers spread over two decks, as well as room for 10 vehicles and extra cargo. The passenger ferry, “Liberty”, will be operated by SAS Jeans, a subsidiary of L’Express des Iles, and will operate regular services between Guadeloupe, Marie-Galante, Les Saintes, Dominica and Martinique, as well as providing day or weekend excursions to other nearby Caribbean islands including Montserrat, Antigua, Saint-Kitts and Saint-Vincent. Seating are available for 437 passengers spread over two decks.

Each vessel was customised to cater for the operator’s route requirements, with both “Perle Express” and “Liberty” able to operate at speeds of up to 32 knots, each powered by two MTU 16V4000 M71 diesel engines driving Kamewa 71 SIII waterjets.  “Liberty” is also the first passenger vessel to ever be registered under the new French Registry - Registre International Français.

Two 47 metre high speed catamaran ferries departed Austal’s Henderson shipyard bound for Guadeloupe, where they will shortly commence operations for long-standing Austal customer L’Express des Iles.

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