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Monday, August 5, 2019 

Western Australian Austal Ships has announced the delivery of a 49m high-speed passenger ferry from its Philippines shipyard to SNC Aremiti, under an A$30 million contract awarded in December 2017.

Austal CEO David Singleton said the high quality vessel demonstrated the capabilities of the company’s recently expanded Philippines yard. “Austal Philippines has done an excellent job on this project, producing a high quality vessel to a long-standing client that reflects the professional staff and shipbuilding skills we have at our Cebu shipyard. Over the past 12 months we have delivered a major expansion at the yard to more than treble its capacity, with well over 900 employees now working at Austal Philippines. At last week’s opening of the centrepiece of this expansion, the John Rothwell Assembly Bay, it was an honour to have this vessel on full display to Philippines Government officials. Austal Philippines is now delivering some of the world’s most technologically advanced and sophisticated vessels.”

The ferry, named Aremiti 6, is an Austal design that features seating capacity for 620 passengers and garage space for up to 30 motorcycles, small vehicles and cargo. With a top speed of 36 knots it will be fitted with Austal’s Ride Control System to improve seakeeping and provide greater passenger comfort on the Papeete – Moorea route in French Polynesia.  It is the fifth vessel Austal has delivered to French Polynesia since 2002.

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