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Monday, March 1, 2021 

Austal's Philippines yard has successfully delivered Hull 419, a 109m high-speed catamaran ferry, named 'FTSR', the largest aluminium vessel constructed in the Philippines and currently the largest ferry (by volume) to be constructed by Austal - to Fjord Line of Norway.

Austal CEO Paddy Gregg said: “It’s impressive to see a large high speed ferry like this delivered in the best of times, but for the team to deliver this new vessel during a global pandemic is simply outstanding. The Austal Philippines team has clearly demonstrated its ability to deliver multiple, complex projects under challenging circumstances, while maintaining a safe working environment. My congratulations go to the entire Austal Philippines team and Fjord Line on the delivery of this exciting new ship, the largest high-speed ferry ever constructed in the Philippines.”

Fjord Line’s FSTR is capable of transporting 1,200 passengers at up to 40 knots and features Austal’s largest vehicle-carrying capacity constructed to date, with a beam of 30.5m enabling 404 cars to be carried across two decks.

The ship features several key design innovations that enhance operating performance and passenger comfort, including a new, optimised hull form that will minimise fuel consumption and wake wash when operating on the Skagerrak Sea between Hirtshals, Denmark and Kristiansand, Norway.

FSTR is the first of three large high-speed ferries to be constructed at the company’s newly expanded shipyard.

Austal Philippines President Wayne Murray said: “With the delivery of FSTR, we’re now preparing for the launch of Hull 395, Bañaderos Express; a 118m trimaran ferry under construction for Fred. Olsen Express of the Canary Islands. Following closely behind that, we have the 115m Express 5 under construction for Molslinjen of Denmark. “We’ve just delivered the largest high-speed ferry ever built in the Philippines and in fact, the largest high-speed ferry built by any Austal shipyard, anywhere in the world. And soon, we will do it again, when we complete Express 5 for Molslinjen. We are indeed a record setting and record breaking shipyard.”

Bañaderos Express is scheduled for launch in the second quarter of 2021 and is a sister ship to Bajamar Express, constructed at Austal Australia and delivered in July 2020. Hull 423, a 115m high speed catamaran ferry to be known as Express 5, is a follow-up order from Molslinjen of Denmark and is scheduled to launch in the third quarter of 2021.

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