11/12/2017 - 12:05

Austal signs MOU for Japanese trimaran

11/12/2017 - 12:05

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Perth-based shipbuilder Austal has signed a memorandum of understanding with JR Kyushu Jet Ferry to develop a new high-speed trimaran passenger ferry for the company’s Japan-to-South Korea route.

Austal signs MOU for Japanese trimaran
The ferry will be based on Austal’s trimaran hull form. Photo: Austal

Perth-based shipbuilder Austal has signed a memorandum of understanding with JR Kyushu Jet Ferry to develop a new high-speed trimaran passenger ferry for the company’s Japan-to-South Korea route.

JR Kyushu is part of the Kyushu Railway Company and operates daily jetfoil services.

The 80-metre ferry will be based on Austal’s trimaran hull form and will take up to 500 passengers with a top speed of 38 knots.

The contract, expected early next year, will comprise the design, manufacture and delivery of the vessel with the interior to be developed by Japanese designer Eiji Mitsuoka of Don Design.

Austal vice-president of sales and marketing, Ben Marland, said the announcement capped off a strong 2017 for the company.

“Following our recent contract announcement with Fred Olsen SA for two 117-metre trimaran ferries, we are very excited about the possibilities for this new vessel,” he said

“Executives from JR Kyushu Jet Ferry travelled to the UK and Spain to personally experience the difference in passenger comfort that our trimaran design offers.

Austal is grateful for the opportunity to develop this unique new vessel for one of Japan’s busiest international routes.”

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