Austal Launches Next Generation Trimaran

Austal has successfully launched its next generation 102 metre high speed trimaran vehicle-passenger ferry at its Western Australian facility. The vessel will now undergo final fit out prior to the commencement of sea trials in January.

With a customisable seating arrangement for up to 1165 passengers, capacity for 254 cars and a maximum speed of more than 40 knots, the all-aluminium vessel is scheduled for completion in February 2010 and is currently available for sale.

Austal Director – Sales and Australian Operations, Andrew Bellamy, said the vessel had already generated considerable interest in the ferry industry and anticipates that this will increase now that it has been launched.
“It’s not often that a vessel this technologically advanced enters the water. Many operators around the world are excited about what the trimaran can bring to their service – particularly in terms of passenger comfort, payload and fuel efficiency,” Mr Bellamy said.

Austal’s patented trimaran technology means the vessel uses less power than other high speed craft operating at similar speeds, resulting in lower fuel consumption and improved operating economy.
The vessel also has the ability to maintain higher speeds in waves and operate in higher wave heights, meaning it is less subject to weather induced cancellations and delays. The hullform also reduces waves created behind the vessel which, like the lower installed power, reduces environmental impacts.
Austal’s latest trimaran follows the landmark 2005 trimaran ferry “Benchijigua Express” – currently servicing Spain’s Canary Islands where the trimaran’s lower roll speed has significantly reducing passenger seasickness.
Austal’s trimaran hullform also forms the basis of the US Navy’s 127 metre Austal-designed and built Littoral Combat Ship LCS 2 “Independence”. The state-of-the-art combat ship recently completed acceptance trials ahead of its delivery to the US Navy at the end of the year.

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Principal Dimensions
Length oa 102m
Length wl 101.4 metres
Beam mld 26.8 metres
Hull depth mld 7.6 metres
Hull draft max 4.2 metres

Payload and Capacities
Passengers up to 1,165
Vehicles 254 cars
Heavy vehicles 190 lane metres for trucks and 145 cars
Maximum dwt 700 tonnes

Main engines: 3 x MTU 20V 8000 M71L, 3 x 9,100kW @ 1,150 rpm. Gearboxes: 3 x ZF 53800. Waterjets: 3 x Wartsila LJX 1300. Performance with Ride Control fitted: Speed more than 40 knots, range 630nm. Classification Germanischer Lloyd 100 A5, HSC – B OC3 High Speed Passenger / Ro-Ro Type, MC, AUT.