Hong Kong Passenger Ferry Fleet Complete

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Photo courtesy Austal

Austal is celebrating the completion of fourteen high speed passenger ferries for Hong Kong’s Venetian Marketing Services Limited (VMSL) following the successful, on-schedule delivery of the final four vessels.

Recognizable for their exciting electric blue livery, each of the 155.8 ft aluminium CotaiJets are now in operation between Hong Kong and Macao, servicing the entertainment, gaming, convention and hotel facilities on The Cotai Strip.

Combining speed, comfort and outstanding interior finishes, each vessel has the capacity to carry 413 passengers at a speed of 42 knots. Currently performing more than 60 sailings each day, the vessels provide a first class ferry service along what is now the world’s largest route in terms of passenger numbers.

Since construction began in 2007, the speed of the project has demonstrated the advantages of Austal’s newly-introduced Advanced Shipbuilding (ASB) design and construction techniques. The Cotai Strip vessels represent the most extensive use of these techniques to date.

Austal Director – Global Sales and Marketing, Andrew Bellamy, said Austal’s large facilities, skilled workforce and ongoing improvement in production techniques enables the company to continue to offer short delivery times, even for large projects.

“Increased modular construction and the automation of specific construction tasks across Austal’s shipyards worldwide have seen significant improvements in our efficiency and productivity, as demonstrated by this project,” Bellamy said.

“Austal prides itself on meeting or exceeding customer requirements and we are very pleased to be able to facilitate the on-time delivery of these vessels,” he said.

Passenger facilities befitting of a luxury entertainment complex, including Beautreaux Club and Executive seating with leather finish, are spread across two separate levels and cater for up to 413 passengers. A passenger-friendly seating density is achieved by limiting rows to no more than three seats.

The fourteen CotaiJets are each powered by 4 x MTU 16V4000 M70s producing 2,320kW at 2,000 rpm, driving four Kamewa 63 SII waterjets. Each ferry is additionally fitted with transom mounted SeaState Interceptors providing active high speed ride control for maximum passenger comfort.  The latest four vessels have been further enhanced with the addition of forward mounted T-foils and aft mounted, T-Max, an auxiliary steering system proprietary to Austal.

The provision of a regular, reliable, fast, high quality ferry service has contributed to the popularity of the Venetian Macao entertainment complex, which recorded a 7.1 per cent increase in visits during the second quarter compared to last year’s second quarter.

Completion of the The Cotai Strip vessels means Austal has now delivered over 50 vessels into the Pearl River Delta region.

Maritime Today

The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter November 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Passenger Vessels

Indonesia Ferry Hits Trouble, 97 Rescued

Almost 100 people were rescued when a ferry sailing towards Singapore from the Indonesian island of Batam hit a floating object and reportedly started to sink, authorities in the city-state said.

Extended Warranty from Yanmar for Sailboat Engines

Yanmar Marine International B.V. has introduced an extended 3 years’ period of YANMAR Limited Warranty for Sailboat Engine Models. This extended warranty of

Norwegian Escape with Biggest Scrubbers sets Sail

On a sunny October day in the German harbor-town of Hamburg, M/V Norwegian Escape, a brand new cruise ship, sets sail for the first time. On board are five Yara SOx scrubbers – one for each engine.

Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Ship Electronics Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0642 sec (16 req/sec)