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Thursday, August 8, 2019 

Western Australia shipbuilder Austal has reported increasing customer demand for its trimaran ferry design, approaching the 15th anniversary of the first vessel entering operations.

Austal’s trimaran was specifically developed to offer passengers and operators a high speed vessel platform that delivers superior sea keeping and vessel stability when operated on routes with challenging sea conditions.

In collaboration with Fred. Olsen,Austal’s  R&D and shipbuilder teams combined to manufacture and deliver the 127m Benchijigua Express in 2005. From the day it commenced service, the vessel has continued to demonstrate the hull form, size and capacity of the vessel as an optimum maritime solution for travel in the Canary Islands.

The next generation Austal trimarans currently under construction have incorporated design refinements and new technology to further increase the superiority of the trimaran platform. The trimaran’s ability to adjust ride and roll characteristics exceeds that of catamarans and monohulls, dramatically improving stability and customer experience.

“Austal’s trimaran design has continually proven its superiority in managing challenging sea keeping conditions in both commercial and military applications. Even at the most basic level, the reduction in instances of sea sickness from this design is a key feature that continues to drive demand for the platform,” Austal CEO David Singleton said. “With 13 Austal trimarans in operation globally, and nine under construction for commercial and military customers, these unique and highly sophisticated vessels continue to attract attention for their performance and success. At present we are receiving increasing demand for the trimaran vessel design over the catamaran due to the passenger comfort and experience the hull design provides.”

“Fred. Olsen is confident of introducing a superior maritime experience from 2020 for all Fred. Olsen Express customers, who have trusted our services for more than 45 years,” Fred. Olsen CEO Andrés Marín said.

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