Trinity Marine Group Licensed To Build Westamarin Aluminum Catamarans In United States

North American passenger vessel operators now have access to catamaran designs of one of the world's largest and most experienced catamaran builders, because of an agreement between Westamarin A/S, the Trinity Marine Group, and Scandinavian Catamarans, Inc.

Westamarin A/S, Mandal, Norway, which offers a line of standard and custom-designed passenger vessels from 75 feet to 150 feet in ferry, dinner/cruise, casino, and other configurations, has licensed the Trinity Marine Group, Gulfport, Miss., to build the entire range of boats.

More than 60 Westamarin civilian and military catamarans are in use worldwide.

Scandinavian Catamarans, Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., exclusive North American agency for Westamarin, selected Trinity because of the company's extensive experience in the design and construction of aluminum vessels and because of the financial strength and stability of Trinity.

Bjornar Helgesen, a principal of Scandinavian Catamarans, said: "Our strategy is simple. We will offer both well-proven and wellknown products built by the Trinity Marine Group, a solid 'Fortune 500' company. Being well proven means less service and maintenance costs for the operator and being well known and stable reduces the risk for financiers. Teaming with Trinity gives us access to their multiple facilities which can assure quick deliveries." Mr. Helgesen said his company offers assistance to customers in securing the best financing for Westa marin catamarans as well as training of key staff members.

The Trinity Marine Group includes seven shipbuilding companies with 10 shipyards. Three of those companies, Halter Marine, Inc., Equitable Shipyards, Inc., and Aluminum Boats, Inc., build aluminum vessels.

The Trinity Marine Group is owned by Trinity Industries Inc., Dallas, Texas.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 8,  Aug 1990

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