The 118-metre ferry was launched at Austal Australia’s shipyard in Henderson (Image: Austal)
Austal Australia has successfully launched Bajamar Express, the first of two 118-metre, high-speed trimaran ferries under construction for Fred. Olsen Express of the Canary Islands.
The ferry was launched at Austal’s shipyard in Henderson, Australia on 4 February and is now in the final stages of fit-out. She is scheduled for delivery in spring 2020.
“With the launch of Bajamar Express, our internationally competitive Australian team has again demonstrated an inherent capability to design and construct advanced, cutting-edge vessels efficiently and cost effectively,” said David Singleton, CEO of Austal. “This latest trimaran will provide Fred. Olsen Express with class-leading seakeeping, improved fuel economy and greater passenger comfort that builds upon the unrivalled reputation of the iconic Benchijigua Express.”
Bajamar Express will be capable of transporting up to 1,100 passengers and 276 cars at speeds of up to 38 knots. The ship will feature multiple bars, a retail shop and a children’s play area, as well as a Clase Oro VIP lounge. Once in service, she will operate on Fred. Olsen Express’ Santa Cruz-Tenerife and Agaete-Las Palmas routes in the Canary Islands.
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