Fjellstrand Wins Order For Two High-Speed Passenger Catamarans

Two 38.8-meter (about 127.3- foot) high-speed passenger catamarans worth about NOK75-80 million (about $11-12 million), have been ordered from Fjellstrand of Norway by the Spanish shipping company Cat Lines S.A. in Valencia.

This order marks a fresh market breakthrough for the Norwegian yard that will strengthen its position as the world's leading highspeed ferry specialist. Spain is the 15th country in the world to get delivery of a high-speed vessel from Fjellstrand.

In all, Fjellstrand has sold more than 50 high-speed vessels, and the value of this export is about NOK one billion. The two vessels for Spain will be Nos. 26 and 27 of the successful 38.8 M version. This de- sign was introduced in autumn 1985.

The catamaran units are due for delivery to the owner in June and September 1989. They will be put in year-round service between the Balearics— Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera—and the mainland.

The vessels will be equipped with MTU main engines and KaMeWa waterjets, giving a speed of 40 knots.

Designed to carry 300 passengers, the catamarans will accommodate 216 of these on the main deck. Facilities will include sofa groups, video and a panorama saloon as well as a play area for children.

The upper deck includes a VIP lounge with its own bar and seating for 62 persons.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 12,  Apr 1989 California

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