Austal Wins Two Contracts
Australian shipbuilder Austal Ships and its U.S. subsidiary, Austal USA, have each secured contracts for new vessels.
Austal USA - which was the creation of a new shipyard in conjunction with Bender Shipbuilding in Mobile.
Ala. - has signed a contract for a 1 12-ft.
(34 m) dinner cruise vessel with Island Queen Cruises of Miami, Fla. The yard has already enjoyed considerable success, and is counting on it's innovative high-speed craft to catch on for U.S.
military work. The new order increases Austal USA's production to four vessels, adding to the two 150 ft. (45.7 m) crew-supply vessels and the 82 ft.(24.9 m) passenger catamaran currently under construction. Due for delivery in November 2002. the dinner cruise catamaran will operate in the Miami and Biscayne Bay area, offering a variety of charter options appealing to corporate and large private groups.
The vessel design centers on a Main Deck dining area for up to 200 seats and will also feature a large Upper Deck with bar and dance area and an open Sun Deck. Finishes such as stainless steel railings throughout, coupled with Austal's flair for interior design will significantly enhance the overall experience on-board. The hulls will be fitted out for a galley, a wash-up space and bathrooms. The catamaran will be powered by two Caterpillar 3406C diesel engines, each rated at 310 bhp, driving FP propellers through Twin Disc Marine gears. Financing for the project was provided by Caterpillar Finance of Nashville, Tenn.
Austal Ships' new contracts comprise an order for three 156 ft. (47.5 m) passenger catamarans for New World First Ferry of Hong Kong, with an option for a further four vessels on completion of the first three.
Other stories from November 2001 issue
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- Towards the Intelligent Engine page: 8
- High-Speed Debut on the Lakes page: 9
- FGH Announces Two N e w Contracts page: 10
- IZAR Races Ahead With New Transmed Ferry page: 12
- NASSCO Wins $ 7 0 8M T-AKE Contract page: 19
- Austal Wins Two Contracts page: 20
- CIT Takes Issue With Customs' Duty Calculation in Dry-Docking Case page: 21
- NORSHIPCO Weathers the Economic Storm page: 24
- Newport News Shipbuilding: A City Within A Shipyard page: 25
- Mobile Yard Stays Busy With Offshore Work page: 28
- Shiprepair Forum Changes to Reflect Current Events page: 30
- A&P Shipcare Stays Busy page: 32
- Cochin Shipyard Is Poised For Growth page: 33
- HSR Completes GLM Rig Upgrades page: 34
- Where Is the All-Electric Navy? page: 36
- Deepwater One Delivers $ 2 . 3B Proposal to USCG page: 44
- Cost Estimating: A Crucial Tool for Planning page: 46
- Taylor To Head Tidewater page: 48
- Brinson N e w N W C Chairman page: 48
- Marco Shipyard: Rolling With The Changes page: 51
- Bollinger Delivers Patrol Boat page: 58
- Tug Automation Control System Helps Eliminate False Alarms page: 61
- Keeping an Eye on Fuel Costs page: 67
- $120M NYC Ferry Deal Goes To Manitowoc Marine Group page: 73
- I M O Adopts Anti-Fouling Convention page: 75
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