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Wednesday, December 18, 2019 

Austal has announced that its Western Australia shipyard has rolled out hull No 394 and attached the superstructure for the first of two 118m trimarans under construction for Fred. Olsen Express of the Canary Islands.

Bajamar Express is now on the hardstand at the Henderson shipyard, in preparation for final fit out before launch in February 2020.

Austal CEO David Singleton said: “The Bajamar Express is one of nine trimarans we are currently building for commercial and defence customers throughout the world. We have two of these amazing 118m trimarans ferries for Fred. Olsen Express underway – one here in Australia and one in the Philippines, an 83m trimaran ferry for JR Kyushu Jet Ferry of Japan under construction here in Australia, plus six Littoral Combat Ships under construction for the US Navy in Mobile, Alabama. With so many trimaran vessels under construction, and more to come, Austal’s Australian based design team is clearly at the forefront of trimaran technology development, and we’re very excited to see another iconic vessel taking shape here in the Henderson yard. We can’t wait to see the Bajamar Express in the water – she will be a truly impressive sight and along with her sister ship Bañaderos Express, a fantastic addition to the Fred. Olsen Express fleet.”

Austal was awarded the contract for the two trimarans, worth over A$190 million, in October 2017 and construction of the first vessel commenced in September 2018. With construction on track and fit out scheduled over the New Year, the vessel is on schedule for delivery in the second quarter of 2020.

Capable of transporting more than 1,100 passengers and 276 cars at speeds up to 38 knots, the new ferries for Fred. Olsen Express feature Austal’s latest, optimised trimaran hull form and will be fitted with Austal’s Motion Control technology that delivers a smoother ride and an enhanced on board experience for both customers and crew.

The ships will operate on Fred. Olsen Express’ Santa Cruz, Teneriffe and Agaete, Las Palmas routes in the Canary Islands.

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