Austal Limited subsidiary, Austal Ships
, has signed a contract with Canadian Transportation Systems
(C.A.T.S) for a 282 ft. (86 m) catamaran. The high-speed vessel will provide a new service route between Rochester and Toronto across Lake Ontario
, connecting the United States and Canada
Austal Managing Director, Bob McKinnon said
the contract has the potential to open more markets for Austal vessels in North America
. “This is the first Austal vehicle-passenger ferry for North America and I am certain this vessel will make a strong impression in a market with further potential,” McKinnon said.
“While diversification remains important to Austal Group performance
, our ability to continue to win large orders like this contributes to our international reputation as a market leader for this type of vessel.”
“This contract comes at a time when the United States Military
is seriously considering a range of options involving the use of high-speed vessels and this contract can only serve to further demonstrate the capability of Austal,” he said.
Due for delivery in August 2003, the vessel will operate at a speed of approximately 40 knots for the two-and-a-half-hour journey and will have the capacity to carry 774 passengers and 238 cars.