Fares Al Salam Parts The Red Sea

Austal Ships has delivered the 184-ft. (56-m) vehicle/ passenger ferry. Fares Al Salam, to its Saudi owner The Maritime Co. for Navigation and Egyptian ferry operator, El Salam Maritime Co. of Egypt.

The vessel arrived in Jeddah in April with a combined crew of Austal and El Salam Maritime Company employees following a successful 17-day delivery voyage, via the Cocos Islands and the Maldives.

The vessel, which represents Austal's premiere vessel within the Red Sea region and the first newbuild for the Australian high-speed ferry industry, will operate between the Egyptian ports of Safaga, Hurghada and Sharm El Sheik and the Saudi Arabian port of Duba.

Designated as a high speed vehicle/passenger catamaran, the vessel also has the ability to operate on a number of routes across the Red Sea. Its design, construction and delivery signify the beginnings of a fleet upgrade for El Salam Maritime Co., which currently has an existing fleet of 14 vessels. With a maximum speed of 38 knots, the aluminum catamaran will be the operator's first high speed ferry.

Fares Al Salam's vehicle deck has the capacity to hold 43 cars in lanes with bay sizes of 15 x 7 ft. (4.5 x 2.2 m) and a clearance height of 8 ft. (2.6 m). The vessel's wheelhouse holds an array of equipment that is the latest in terms of maritime technology, mainly two Furuno/Kelvin Hughes radars, Leica DGPS, Skipper echo sounder, speed log and gyrocompass suitable for high speed vessels.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 14,  Jun 2002

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