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Friday, January 24, 2020 

Austal has been awarded a A$15.5 m (US$10.7 m) contract for a 41m high-speed catamaran for SGTM, a ferry company based in the Comoros, a group of islands of the East Coast of Africa.

The vessel will provide production continuity to Austal Vietnam as it completes the fabrication of a 94m ferry for a customer in Trinidad and Tobago. The contract will become effective when the required down payment is received, which is expected in the next few days. The new vessel is based on an existing Austal Australia design, with customer defined design modifications to be undertaken in Vietnam before construction commences there by March, 2020 with delivery about one year later.

Austal CEO David Singleton said: “We’re very excited to be building this new ship for SGTM, our first destined for the Comoros Islands, and especially pleased that our proven vessel design continues to evolve to meet the needs of operators worldwide. In the highly competitive 40–50m high-speed catamaran market, Austal has led the global marketplace, with 80 vessels now built by the Company since the early 1990s.”

SGTM has successfully operated a pre-owned Austal ferry, Hull No 58, and the new ship will be the company's first newly-built ferry. Director Michel Labourdere said: “Based on the outstanding performance of Ntringui Express (Austal Hull 58), which was originally delivered to Japan in 1997 and bought by us in 2013, we knew we had to talk to Austal about our first new build.”

The new vessel will accommodate 400 passengers and mixed cargo of up to 20t, loaded via two ramps. To be fitted with Austal’s Motion Control System (including active interceptors and T-foils), four MTU 12V2000 M72 engines and four Kamewa 56A3 waterjets, the new catamaran will achieve 31.5 knots at 100% MCR, with a range of approximately 370 nautical miles.

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