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AUSTAL TRIMARAN COMPLETES SEA TRIALS IN THE PHILIPPINES

AUSTAL TRIMARAN COMPLETES SEA TRIALS IN THE PHILIPPINES

Friday, August 20, 2021 

The second of two Austal Auto Express 118 trimarans constructed for Fred. Olsen Express of the Canary Islands has completed sea trials in Cebu, Philippines.

Launched in April, Bañaderos Express (Austal Hull 395) is due for delivery of the vessel in September 2021. Bañaderos Express easily achieved the contract speed of 37.5 knots during multiple trials, confirming the vessel’s capability to achieve high-speed performance while delivering optimum comfort for passengers and crew.

Austal CEO Paddy Gregg said: “Austal’s proven trimaran hull design and integrated smart-ship technology, including Marinelink-Smart and Motion Control System help deliver high speed performance and improved seakeeping, with greater passenger comfort. The new Bañaderos Express is the sister ship to the Bajamar Express, constructed in Australia and delivered in 2020. Fred. Olsen Express recently celebrated the first year anniversary of Bajamar Express’ operations which included an impressive 2,000 trips, transporting 307,000 passengers, 129,000 vehicles and 222,000 line metres of cargo vehicles, delivered on schedule on 97% of journeys. The 9/10 customer satisfaction rating achieved for Bajamar Express bodes very well for the new Bañaderos Express and further highlights the effectiveness of the trimaran hull form, Austal’s design and construction capabilities, and of course Fred. Olsen Express’ impeccable service standards.”

Fred. Olsen CEO Andrés Marín said: “We are absolutely confident that Bañaderos Express will make a big difference to the connectivity between Gran Canaria and Tenerife Islands; providing residents and tourists with an all-trimaran service, proven to be the most comfortable way to travel by sea. The much anticipated arrival of Bañaderos Express will, in fact, position the Canary Islands at the forefront of maritime connectivity, with the largest fleet of trimaran ferries worldwide. Her sister ship, Bajamar Express, has already proven to be a very popular and successful addition to the Fred. Olsen Express fleet, with outstanding performance over the past 12 months of operation."

Capable of transporting 1,100 passengers and 276 cars at a cruising speed of over 37 knots, the new ferries will operate on Fred. Olsen Express’ Santa Cruz, Tenerife, and Agaete, Gran Canaria, routes in the Canary Islands.

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