Austal has announced that construction has begun at its Philippines shipyard of a newly designed 115 metre high-speed vehicle-passenger catamaran for Danish ferry operator Molslinjen.
The new ‘Auto Express 115’, to be named Express 5, will be the largest ferry ever built by Austal and is a ‘further design evolution’of the 109-metre high-speed catamaran, Express 4, delivered to Molslinjen in January 2019.
An aluminium plate-cutting ceremony was held at Austal’s Balamban shipyard in Cebu this week.
The Express 5 will have capacity for 1,610 passengers, space for 450 cars (or 617 lane metres for trucks plus 257 cars) over 2 vehicle decks and an operating service speed of 37 knots. It is powered by an LNG-capable, medium-speed power plant.
The Express 5 will add additional capacity to Molslinjen’s Bornholm route between Ystad and Rønne when it is delivered in 2022.