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AUSTAL LAUNCHES 109m FERRY FOR NORWAY

Thursday, February 13, 2020 

Austal Philippines has launched Hull 419, a 109m high-speed catamaran ferry, from the company’s recently expanded Balamban shipyard in Cebu.

The vehicle-passenger ferry, to be known as FSTR, is the largest aluminium vessel launched in the Philippines – and the largest by volume ever constructed by Austal. It is now in the final stages of fit out, prior to delivery to Fjord Line of Norway later in 2020.

Austal CEO David Singleton said: “This impressive new ship for Fjord Line of Norway is the first of many large, high-speed commercial ferries to be constructed at our newly expanded shipyard in the Philippines. After Hull 419, we have Hull 395, a 118m trimaran under construction, which will be the longest high speed ferry to be constructed in the Philippines. We also have a 115m catamaran ferry scheduled for later this year – ensuring continuity of production at the Philippines shipyard well into the 2020s.”

Fjord Line’s FSTR (Hull 419) is capable of transporting 1,200 passengers at up to 40 knots and features Austal’s largest vehicle-carrying capacity constructed to date, with a beam of 30.5m enabling 404 cars to be carried across two decks. The ship features several key design innovations that enhance operating performance and passenger comfort, including a new, optimised hull form that will minimise fuel consumption and wake wash when operating on the Skagerrak Sea between Hirtshals, Denmark and Kristiansand, Norway.

Austal Philippines President said: “I am exceptionally proud of the entire Austal Philippines team. The launch of Hull 419 from our newly expanded shipyard is a significant event that highlights our capability to deliver multiple projects concurrently – safely and cost effectively.”

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