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Australian-built ferries depart Tasmania

Australian-built ferries depart Tasmania

Sydney: Two 47.5 metre high speed passenger ferries completed at Austal's Tasmanian shipyard have commenced their 14 day delivery voyage to Hong Kong onboard the liftship "Pantanal" (pictured). With a service speed of 42 knots while carrying 418 passengers, they are scheduled to enter service in October to meet the growing tourism demand generated from the dramatic increase in Macau's tourist totals.

Built for New World First Ferry (Macau), the two vessels are set to join five similar Austal passenger catamarans already in service in the New World First Ferry (NWFF) fleet. Both are powered by four MTU 16V 4000 M70, each producing 2320kW and driving Rolls Royce / Kamewa waterjets
Focussing on small to medium size ship construction, Austal's Tasmanian yard is able to facilitate the fast delivery of such small vessel orders at a competitive cost while maintaining the highest international quality standards. Its workforce has grown from 40 to more than 120 during the past 12 months.

The two new vessels for Macau are among 16 Austal passenger ferries currently on order for the China / Hong Kong region, nine of which have already been delivered. Upon completion of its latest order, Austal will have delivered 52 vessels to the region.

Length Overall: 47.5 metres
Length Waterline: 43.9 metres
Beam Moulded: 11.8 metres
Hull Depth Moulded: 3.8 metres
Maximum Draft: 1.6 metres
Maximum deadweight: 70 tonnes
Passengers: 418
Crew: 8
Fuel (maximum): 20,000 litres

Engines: 4 x MTU 16V 4000 M70; 2320kW at 2000rpm each
Gearboxes: 4 x Reintjes VLJ 930
Waterjets: 4 x Kamewa 63 SII
Service Speed: 42.5 knots
Classification: Det Norske Veritas 1A1 HSLC Passenger R2 EO