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Austal Ships To Build Massive High-Speed Multihull —i

FRED. OLSEN

Austal Ships and Fred. Olsen. S.A. have signed a contract for what the com- pany dubs the world's largest high-speed multihull vessel which will be based on a new hullform. When delivered in the second half of 2004. the 416-ft. (126.7- m) cargo-vehicle-passenger fast ferry will also be larger than any existing diesel-powered fast ferry — catamaran or monohull.

Fred. Olsen. S.A. and Austal Ships have cooperated on an extensive pro- gram of research, tank testing and other analysis to firstly develop a new design and then ensure it would meet Fred.

Olsen, S.A.'s requirements in an effi- cient and cost-effective manner — a slender, stabilized monohull — often referred to as a trimaran.

With power provided by four diesel engines driving waterjets, the Auto

Express 126 trimaran will be able to maintain Fred. Olsen S.A's projected service speed in excess of 40 knots and provides the capacity to carry 1,350 pas- sengers, over 340 cars and a substantial number of trucks. The superior seakeep- ing performance of the trimaran will provide Fred. Olsen. S.A.'s passengers with significantly enhanced levels of comfort compared to the company's existing fast ferries and is also expected to result in noticeably higher levels of operability.

The vessel will be constructed in

Austal's existing facilities using tech- niques and materials that have been thoroughly proven and refined over many years through the construction of almost 100 previous aluminum vessels.

A team led by General Dynamics and including Austal USA is offering a vari- ant of the trimaran hullform for the US

Navy's Littoral Combat Ship project, and Austal USA is also in the running to build a series of Theatre Support Vessels for the US Army.

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Incat Introduces New

Catamaran

Incat has introduced the Evolution

One 12 367-ft. (112-m) Wave Piercing

Catamaran, which is designed to fulfill the demands of both commercial and military operators. Construction of the first Evolution One 12. ordered by Incat

USA, will commence shortly in Hobart, with delivery scheduled for 2004. The vessel will be capable of carrying up to 1.500 tons dwt. and will boast four 20RK280 MAN B&W engines to pro- vide the 36 MW required to power the vessel at speeds of up to 50 knots. Each 20-cylinder RK280 engine is rated for continuous operation at 9,000 kWb at 1.000 rpm for this application.

Constructed as a base vessel or

SeaFrame. the craft can be fitted out for numerous purposes, including passen- ger/commercial and military deploy- ment. The cargo deck of the Evolution

One 12 SeaFrame provides 589 truck lane m (TLM) plus 50 cars or, 312 cars if required for a full tourist mode. With extra optional mezzanine decks fitted the possibility for even greater car capacity exists. Evolution One 12 also includes an increased vehicle deck head- room of 6.3 m

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