AUSTAL today celebrated the successful roll out of the Auto Express 109 metre high speed vehicle / passenger catamaran ferry ‘Express 4’ for Molslinjen of Denmark. The milestone involved the hull and superstructure leaving the construction halls, followed by the superstructure being lifted and joined to the hull. The vessel is now undergoing final fit out and will commence sea trials shortly.
This next generation catamaran commenced construction in April 2017. Featuring an advanced design with optimised hull form to minimise fuel consumption and Austal’s industry leading Ride Control System for superior sea-keeping and comfort, the vessel supports over 1000 passengers, 425 cars, and will operate at speeds up to 40 knots.
“This revolutionary high speed catamaran is the latest advancement from Austal’s centre of excellence for maritime design. The technology and efficiency of this vessel truly places it in a class of its own” Austal CEO, David Singleton said.
“The international demand for Austal vessels in both commercial and defence markets is testament to the Austal team and their continued ability to deliver the world’s most advanced aluminium vessels” he said.
“The commercial ferry market has continued to strengthen over the last 18 months, with the Austal Auto Express 109 setting the benchmark for large, technologically advanced, super efficient, high speed ferries. Austal continues to lead the market in this record sales period, cementing the company’s largest forward order book” Austal Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Ben Marland, said.
The Auto Express 109 catamaran has been designed and built at Austal’s Henderson shipyard in Western Australia, supporting more than 450 jobs. Austal has also commenced construction of an Auto Express 109 for Fjord Line of Norway, and the first of two 117 metre trimarans for Fred.Olsen S.A. of the Canary Islands