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Austal Vietnam Launches Catamaran Ferry for Trinidad & Tobago

Logistic News - Published on Wed, 27 May 2020

Image Source: Austal Vietnam APT James
Austal Limited announced that Austal Vietnam has successfully launched Hull 397, a 94 metre high-speed catamaran for the National Infrastructure Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago, from the company’s shipyard in Vung Tau. The vehicle-passenger ferry, to be known as APT James, is the first vessel to be constructed by Austal Vietnam, in just 20 months, following the official opening of the shipyard in November 2018. The vessel is now in the final stages of fit out, prior to delivery to NIDCo in the 2nd half of CY2020.

The Austal Auto Express 94 is an all-new aluminium catamaran design, with capacity for 926 passengers and 250 cars, travelling at speeds up to 37.5 knots. The ship will feature the very latest in Austal’s ‘smart ship’ technology, including an advanced Motion Control System, to deliver a more comfortable and stable ride for passengers and crew.

The launch, which took place over 5 days, comprised the rolling out of the vessel on a self-propelled modular transporter (SPMT) from Austal Vietnam’s Vung Tau shipyard onto a barge, which was then towed up the Saigon River to Ho Chi Minh City, where the vessel was lowered into the water via floating dock. The vessel was then towed back to Vung Tau, where the vessel will be kept alongside for final internal fit out under scheduled delivery, in the second half of 2020.

Austal Vietnam has already commenced construction on the shipyard’s next project, a new 41 metre high speed catamaran ferry for SGTM of Mauritius, announced in January 2020.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Wed, 27 May 2020
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