The 101 m "Euroferrys Pacifica" has the distinction of not only being the largest of Austal's flagship Auto Express car ferries yet to be built, but is also the largest high speed catamaran in the world with diesel propulsion. Austal's Sales Director, Chris Norman
, said "Austal's ability to fully customize, and without a doubt, the efficient vehicle handling of the Auto Express design
, were principal reasons why Euroferrys chose Austal to develop this very exciting project, in particular, the bow door permits full utilization of the vessel's 340 freight lane meter (at 3.5-m width). Euroferrys have a fantastic operation and we look forward to delivering the premier vessel to the region."
The vessel has a sizeable 750 ton dwt and a new Austal design
innovation in the garage - a hoistable vehicle ramp to facilitate a mix of vehicle and commercial/freight carriage. With the capacity for 951 passengers and 251 cars, "Euroferrys Pacifica" will operate on the 16 nautical mile route between Algeciras on the southern coast of Spain and Ceuta in Spanish Morocco.
"Euroferrys Pacifica" is currently preparing to undergo sea trials prior to her April departure to Spain. The delivery voyage from Fremantle in Western Australia will cover approximately 8,350 nautical miles with ports of call to include the Cocos Islands, Male (Maldives) and Djibouti before reaching her final destination of Algeciras.