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Friday, October 2, 2020 

Austal Australia has handed over 83m trimaran ferry, Hull 396, 'Queen Beetle', to JR Kyushu Jet Ferry at a ceremony held at the Company’s shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia.

The ferry is the first of its kind to be delivered to Japan and will operate between Fukuoka, Japan and Busan, South Korea.

Austal CEO David Singleton said: “Queen Beetle offers international ferry passengers a truly impressive, enhanced travel experience, with new levels of comfort, luxury and amenity previously unavailable on any ferry in Japan. Austal’s trimaran hull design allows up to 502 passengers to travel with complete freedom to enjoy the many amenities on board, including lounges, bars, a kiosk, a retail shop and a playground, while cruising at speeds up to 37 knots. We’re distinctly proud and delighted to be delivering this exciting new ferry to Japan and congratulate Kyushu Railway Company President Mr Toshihiko Aoyagi, and JR Kyushu Jet Ferry President Mr Masayuki Mizuno on this latest, and dare I say greatest, addition to their fleet.”

During sea trials, Queen Beetle achieved good speed, seakeeping and passenger comfort results, using Austal’s Marinelink technology that provides real-time monitoring, control and analysis of vessel performance, on board and remotely. With the benefit of Austal’s motion control system, Queen Beetle was able to reach trial speeds in excess of 40 knots while maintaining stability and passenger comfort.

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