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Tuesday, October 5, 2021 

Austal Philippines has delivered 'Baaderos Express' (Austal Hull 395), an Auto Express 118 high-speed trimaran ferry, the second vessel in a two-ship order, to Fred. Olsen Express of the Canary Islands.

The first vessel, Bajamar Express (Austal Hull 394) was constructed by Austal Australia and delivered in July 2020.

Austal CEO Paddy Gregg said: “Fred. Olsen Express was the world’s first ferry operator to see the unique value of the Austal trimaran hull to deliver a superior customer experience, operating the 127m Benchijigua Express since 2005. Now, with Bajamar Express and Bañaderos Express they have two more trimarans that further enhance their offering to customers and enable the world’s first dedicated trimaran service in the Canary Islands. Our warmest congratulations go to Andrés Marín and the Fred. Olsen Express team on the delivery of their third trimaran and indeed, the fifth Austal high-speed ferry to join their fleet. With the handover of Bañaderos Express, Austal Philippines has again demonstrated their proven capability to safely and efficiently deliver multiple, large and complex vessels programs, to Austal’s renowned quality standards, even under the most challenging circumstances."

Austal Philippines President and GM Wayne Murray said: “Bañaderos Express is a real milestone for Austal Philippines as it is the 20th vessel constructed here at the Balamban shipyard since we opened in 2012. In just 10 years our team have constructed 18 catamarans and two trimarans, including the two largest high-speed ferries ever built in the Philippines, for operators located around the world. This delivery of Bañaderos Express is even more significant, given the challenging Covid-19 environment in which we have operated over the past two years. Austal Philippines has successfully maintained productivity, while keeping our team safe during the pandemic.”

Fred. Olsen CEO Andrés Marín said: “With the addition of Bañaderos Express, Fred. Olsen Express has a unique fleet that now includes three trimarans, offering the very best high-speed ferry experience for our customers. Following the successful introduction of her sister ship, Bajamar Express, which was acknowledged by the Royal Institute of Naval Architects in the UK as one of 2020’s Significant Ships, we’re delighted to be adding this equally impressive, environmentally-friendly new ship to our schedule and look forward to welcoming passengers onboard very soon.”

Capable of transporting 1,100 passengers and 276 cars at a cruising speed of over 37 knots, the new ferries feature comprehensive passenger facilities. Following the vessel’s maiden voyage from the Philippines to the Canary Islands, Bañaderos Express will join Bajamar Express to offer a dedicated trimaran service on the route between Santa Cruz, Tenerife, and Agaete, Gran Canaria.

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