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Friday, June 5, 2020 

The first of two Austal Auto Express 118m trimarans under construction for Fred. Olsen Express of the Canary Islands has completed its programme of sea trials in Western Australia.

After launching in February, the Bajamar Express (Hull 394) successfully completed trials off the coast of Perth, prior to the planned delivery of the vessel in June 2020. On trials, Bajamar Express achieved an average speed of 37.6 knots at 85% MCR, carrying 80% from maximum deadweight; confirming the vessel’s capability to achieve high-speeds while delivering optimum comfort for passengers and crew. On trials a maximum speed of over 42 knots was achieved, exceeding contract requirements.

Austal CEO David Singleton 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 Bajamar Express builds upon the successful trimaran hull first developed by Austal for Fred. Olsen Express in the iconic Benchijigua Express, delivered in 2005. This next generation of high speed ferry is going to offer an even greater customer experience, for which Fred. Olsen Express has become renowned.”

Fred. Olsen CEO Andrés Marín said: “Achieving more than 42 knots speed, while maintaining the comfort of passengers on-board, clearly demonstrates the superiority of the Bajamar Express. Further, the Bajamar Express and her sister ship, Bañaderos Express, will include all the latest preventive measures for Covid-19 safety, including protocols certified by Aenor. We are very proud that Fred. Olsen Express is the first Spanish transport and tourism company to achieve this important certification. The entire Fred. Olsen Express team can’t wait for Bajamar Express to arrive in the Canary Islands and begin an enhanced service experience to our valued, loyal customers.”

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, Teneriffe and Agaete, Gran Canaria routes in the Canary Islands from the third quarter of 2020.

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