Shinas Arrives in Oman

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

The Sultanate of Oman’s 213-ft. vehicle-passenger catamaran Shinas has arrived in , following its 15-day journey from Austal’s shipyard in .
The vessel’s arrival was a proud moment for the Austal team, who have successfully delivered to a world-class vessel which will set new marine transport standards for the region.
The vessel made the journey under its own power, making scheduled stops at the Cocos Islands and Mal’e in the .
Shinas is the world’s fastest diesel-powered vehicle passenger ferry after achieving a record service speed of 52 knots and a maximum speed of 55.9 knots (103.5 km/h) during sea trials last November.
Its recently launched sister vessel Hormuz is scheduled to repeat the delivery voyage later this year.
Once delivered, the two high-speed catamarans will provide a new tourism service to ’s spectacular Musandam Peninsular and will be the flagship in the Sultanate of Oman’s expanded marine transport network.
As well as having a service speed of over 50 knots, the ferries carry 208 passengers and 56 cars along an intended 180 nautical mile route. Passengers will experience unparalleled comfort across three classes – Tourist Class, First Class and VIP.

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