Austal’s Next Generation Trimaran

Mike Schuler
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December 18, 2009


Austal has successfully launched its next generation 102 metre high speed trimaran vehicle-passenger ferry at its Western Australian facility.  The vessel will now undergo final fit out prior to the commencement of sea trials in January.

With a customizable seating arrangement for up to 1165 passengers, capacity for 254 cars and a maximum speed of more than 40 knots, the all-aluminium vessel is scheduled for completion in February 2010 and is currently available for sale.

Austal’s patented trimaran technology means the vessel uses less power than other high speed craft operating at similar speeds, resulting in lower fuel consumption and improved operating economy.

The vessel also has the ability to maintain higher speeds in waves and operate in higher wave heights, meaning it is less subject to weather induced cancellations and delays. The hullform also reduces waves created behind the vessel which, like the lower installed power, reduces environmental impacts.

This latest trimaran from Austal follows the landmark 2005 trimaran ferry “Benchijigua Express” – currently servicing Spain’s Canary Islands where the trimaran’s lower roll speed has significantly reduced passenger seasickness.

Austal’s trimaran hullform also forms the basis of the US Navy’s 127 metre Austal-designed and built Littoral Combat Ship LCS 2 “Independence”. The state-of-the-art combat ship recently completed acceptance trials ahead of its delivery to the US Navy at the end of the year.

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