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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 suc- cess, 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 ves- sels, 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 cata- maran 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 sig- nificantly enhance the overall experi- ence on-board. The hulls will be fitted out for a galley, a wash-up space and bathrooms. The catamaran will be pow- ered 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) pas- senger catamarans for New World First

Ferry of Hong Kong, with an option for a further four vessels on completion of the first three. forming search and rescue, pollution control, security, and law enforcement duties from its homeport of Cheboygan.

Mich.

The vessel will be built at the compa- ny's Marinette Marine shipyard, and is expected to take more than three years to complete. The new ice breaker, which will be delivered in 2005. replaces the Mackinaw, a 290-ft. (88.3 m) Coast Guard cutter that was con- structed in 1944.

Austal Wins Two Contracts

Australian shipbuilder Austal Ships and its U.S. subsidiary, Austal USA, have each secured contracts for new ves- sels. Austal USA - which was the cre- ation of a new shipyard in conjunction

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Senesco Signs Contracts

Southeastern New England Shipbuild- ing Corporation (SENESCO) signed contracts for the construction of three barges and pier floats that have an esti- mated value of approximately $3 mil- lion. The first contract is for the Hughes

Marine out of New Jersey. The contract calls for the construction of a 160 ft. (48.7 m) deck barge. This project, the fourth such project Senesco has handled for Hughes, is expected to take eight weeks.

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Equipment of Boston is for the con- struction of two identical deck barges that are 180 ft. (54.8 m) in length and have heavy deck loading capabilities.

The vessel will be used as a construc- tion barge and will be able to hold 4,000 lbs. per sq. ft. Delivery is scheduled for

February and March. The final contract is for the construction of pier floats for the MacMillian Pier Reconstruction in

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