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Australian yard clocks up world speed record

Australian yard clocks up world speed record

Perth: Hormux, the second of Austal's two 65 metre vehicle-passenger ferries built for the Sultanate of Oman, has become the first diesel-powered vehicle ferry to reach a speed of 56 knots during sea trials off Western Australia last week. This makes it the fastest diesel-powered vehicle passenger ferry in the world.
Austal points out that it currently has 15 ferries operating in the Middle Eeast and that the unrivalled performance of the two 65 metre vehicle-passenger catamaran ferries showcases the world-class ability of the Australian yard.
Homuz carries 208 passengers and 56 cars along an intended 180 nautical mile route. Onboard features also include a helicopter landing facility which will be capable of assisting in search and rescue and medivac operations. It is powered by four MTU 20 cylinder 1163 series diesel engines each producing 6,500 kW and driving Rolls Royce/Kamewa waterjets and is built under the survey of DNV, conforming to HSC 2000. [10/07/08]

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