Austal Ships MOLS
About the project
Austal announced the award of a contract to design and build a 109 metre vehicle passenger (RoPax) ferry for Molslinjen of Denmark in June 2016.
The largest high speed commercial ferry built by Austal since 2011, construction commenced at the Henderson, Western Australia shipyard during the first quarter of 2017 and the vessel is on schedule for completion in the first quarter of 2019.
The 109 metre RoPax ferry is an enhanced design based on Austal’s proven large catamaran platform, with a new optimised hull shape and vessel weight minimisation solution that delivers better performance and greater fuel efficiency. Innovations such as these will enable Molslinjen’s new high speed ferry to achieve lower operating costs and deliver an enhanced passenger experience on routes operating in the Kattegat sea, Denmark.
The first-in-class vessel is the first built by Austal to feature two full vehicle decks for 425 cars, or 610 lane metres for trucks and up to 232 cars.
With a capacity to carry up to 1,006 passengers safely and comfortably at speeds up to 40 knots, the all-aluminium catamaran, supplied by Capral Aluminium, delivers greater capability to Molslinjen to achieve early, valuable returns on a strategic commercial investment.
At the contract announcement, Austal Chief Executive Officer David Singleton said: “Once again, Austal has demonstrated that it is a world leader in ship design and construction, with the sale of this newly optimised class of very large 109 metre ferry to a highly discerning customer. We are continuing to innovate by investing in our designs and our manufacturing capability, which has led to this reference customer sale.”
Austal’s Australian shipbuilding operations has engaged more than 350 local design, production and project management employees in the delivery of the Molslinjen contract, further enhancing Austal’s and the greater Australian shipbuilding industry’s sovereign capability.
A total of seven large (greater than 100 metres long) high speed RoPax ferries have been produced for international operators at Austal’s Henderson shipyard since 2001.
“The number and variety of vessels delivered to export markets reflects Austal’s ingenuity and commercial success in designing, constructing and supporting large RoPax ferry platforms, such as the Molslinjen 109 metre catamaran,” Mr Singleton said.
More information including links to videos: http://www.austal.com/ships/auto-express-109
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