AUSTAL High speed Catamaran Ferries Depart for Guadaloupe

Monday, August 29, 2011
AUSTAL 47 metre high speed catamaran ferries

Two 47 metre high speed catamaran ferries departed Austal’s Henderson shipyard this week bound for Guadeloupe, where they will shortly commence operations for long-standing Austal customer L’Express des Iles.

Austal was selected by L’Express des Iles in June 2010 for the design and construction of the two vessels – one vehicle-passenger ferry and one passenger ferry, marking the company’s third contract with Austal since 1997. L’Express des Iles previously operated the Austal-built fast ferries “Opale Express” and “Jade Express”, delivered in 1998, which in 2005 were replaced by the vessels currently in operation “Gold Express” and “Silver Express”. The two new vessels will commence operations in October 2011 from Guadeloupe to the Caribbean islands of Marie-Galante, Les Saintes, Dominica and Martinique, where they will provide an important inter-island link for tourism and trade.

Austal Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Bellamy, commented that Austal was pleased to once again deliver a high quality, innovative product to a repeat customer. “Maintaining and supporting existing customer relationships is a core focus of Austal. We are very pleased that a leading commercial operator such as L’Express des Iles has again returned to Austal for new-build ferries, and we hope to continue this relationship well into the future.” The vehicle-passenger ferry, “Perle Express”, has the capacity for 364 passengers spread over two decks, as well as room for 10 vehicles and extra cargo. Continuing the design theme of the earlier L’Express des Iles vessels, the bright and spacious interiors include comfortable reclining chairs, a children’s area, and flat screen TV’s throughout, as well as considerable space for luggage storage.

The passenger ferry, “Liberty”, will be operated by SAS Jeans, a subsidiary of L’Express des Iles, and will operate regular services between Guadeloupe, Marie-Galante, Les Saintes, Dominica and Martinique, as well as providing day or weekend excursions to other nearby Caribbean islands including Montserrat, Antigua, Saint-Kitts and Saint-Vincent. With seating for the vessel’s 437 passengers spread over two decks, “Liberty” will serve as a functional yet comfortable low cost alternative for holiday-makers in the Caribbean.

Each vessel was customised to cater for the operator’s route requirements, with both “Perle Express” and “Liberty” able to operate at speeds of up to 32 knots, each powered by two MTU 16V4000 M71 diesel engines driving Kamewa 71 SIII waterjets. This combines with Austal’s expertise in producing durable, lightweight and efficient structures to deliver economical operation with reduced environmental impact, while still providing commuters with short transit times, comfort and service reliability. “Liberty” is also the first passenger vessel to ever be registered under the new French Registry - Registre International Français.

  • PRINCIPAL PARTICULARS


“Perle Express”

Length overall 47.0 metres
Length (waterline) 41.2 metres
Beam (moulded) 11.1 metres
Hull depth (moulded) 4.0 metres
Hull draft (maximum) 1.82 metres

PAYLOAD AND CAPACITIES
Passengers 364
Crew 8
Vehicles 10
Main vehicle deck maximum 1.5 tonnes per axle
Maximum deadweight 63.6 tonnes
Fuel (approx) 15,500 litres

PROPULSION
Main engines 2 x MTU 16V 4000 M71, 2,465 kW @ 1,970 rpm

Gearbox 2 x ZF 7650 NR2H
Waterjets 2 x Kamewa 71 SIII

PERFORMANCE
Speed (100% MCR) 32.8 knots
Range Approx. 300 nm with 20% reserve

CLASSIFICATION
Bureau Veritas
1 HULL MACH AUT-CCS, HSC-Cat A
French Flag


“Liberty”

Length overall 47.0 metres
Length (waterline) 41.2 metres
Beam (moulded) 11.1 metres
Hull depth (moulded) 4.0 metres
Hull draft (maximum) 1.82 metres

PAYLOAD AND CAPACITIES
Passengers 437
Crew 7
Maximum deadweight 57.8 tonnes
Fuel (approx) 15,500 litres

PROPULSION
Main engines 2 x MTU 16V 4000 M71, 2,465 kW @ 1,970 rpmx
Gearbox 2 x ZF 7650 NR2H
Waterjets 2 x Kamewa 71 SIII

PERFORMANCE
Speed (100% MCR) 32.5 knots
Range Approx. 295 nm with 20% reserve

CLASSIFICATION
Bureau Veritas
1 HULL MACH AUT-CCS, HSC-Cat A
French Flag

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

People & Company News

Activists Planning Protest Against Shell's Arctic Business

U.S. environmental activists said they planned to protest on Tuesday against the launch of the second of two oil rigs central to Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic.

Protests Shut Channel Tunnel Again

The Channel Tunnel closed again on Tuesday due to protesting MyFerryLink workers, its operator Eurotunnel and French traffic supervision body Bison Fute said. The

CMA CGM, Chinese Bank in Finance Deal

French container shipping group CMA CGM said on Tuesday it will sign a $1 billion financing agreement with the Export-Import Bank of China. Marseilles-based

Marine Propulsion

Wartsila Tunnel Thruster Gets LR Approval

Wartsila has successfully passed the final step of the Lloyd's Register (LRS) classification society's Type Approval process to obtain an LR Type Approval Certificate

HMS Queen Elizabeth Powers to Life

U.K. Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has produced power from her onboard diesel generators (DGs) for the first time, marking a significant stage in the program.

Tuco Reveals New Naval Interceptor Vessel Design

Following last week’s Seawork exhibition on workboats and small military and security vessels, Tuco Marine of Denmark reveals its newest vessel in the ProZero line.

Shipbuilding

Technip Wins Jurong's FPSO Conversion Contract

Technip has been awarded a topsides detailed engineering and procurement services contract by Jurong Shipyard Pte Ltd. The project is part of the conversion of a shuttle tanker into a floating,

Samsung Bags Order for Decks on Johan Sverdrup

Statoil, on behalf of the Johan Sverdrup license, has awarded Samsung the contract for decks for both the process and riser platforms.  The total contract value is NOK 7 billion.

Wartsila Tunnel Thruster Gets LR Approval

Wartsila has successfully passed the final step of the Lloyd's Register (LRS) classification society's Type Approval process to obtain an LR Type Approval Certificate

Ports

Activists Planning Protest Against Shell's Arctic Business

U.S. environmental activists said they planned to protest on Tuesday against the launch of the second of two oil rigs central to Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic.

Protests Shut Channel Tunnel Again

The Channel Tunnel closed again on Tuesday due to protesting MyFerryLink workers, its operator Eurotunnel and French traffic supervision body Bison Fute said. The

Maersk: No Issue in Funding Greek Operations

Oil and shipping conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk said on Tuesday it was experiencing no problems funding operations in Greece or getting paid by Greek customers

Passenger Vessels

Protests Shut Channel Tunnel Again

The Channel Tunnel closed again on Tuesday due to protesting MyFerryLink workers, its operator Eurotunnel and French traffic supervision body Bison Fute said. The

Ferry Services at Calais Shut Again

Britons faced chaos in Calais last night after striking French sailors blocked the port for the second time in a week. Ferry services between Dover and Calais

Ferry Workers Block Calais Port Again in Dispute

Employees of a ferry service recently sold by Eurotunnel renewed a blockade of the northern French port of Calais on Monday after a court rejected their bid to

Naval Architecture

ShipServ opens Singapore office

ShipServ, the leading marine and offshore marketplace with an expected annual trade of $3bn in 2015, has cemented its position in Asia with the opening of a new office in Singapore.

Tuco Reveals New Naval Interceptor Vessel Design

Following last week’s Seawork exhibition on workboats and small military and security vessels, Tuco Marine of Denmark reveals its newest vessel in the ProZero line.

Conference to Delve into Hybrid Power & Propulsion

The first international Hybrid Marine Power & Propulsion Conference will be held at the RNLI Lifeboat College, Poole UK from October 6-8, 2015.   Shock Mitigation

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
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: 0.5284 sec (2 req/sec)