AUSTRALIAN shipbuilder Austal recently announced the launch of three fast ferries at its shipyard in Balamban, Cebu.
The first of these vessels was the 50-metre high-speed passenger ferry SeaStar 11 for Seaspovill of South Korea.
The vessel was designed by Incat Crowther and was built under a $16m contract, awarded in June 2016.
The vessel can reach speeds of up to 40 knots and carry 450 passengers. It will be operation out of the Port of Donghae.
The second two vessels were Incat Crowther-designed ferries for operation in the Philippines, delivered to their new owner, the 2Go Group, last week.
The $13m contract to build the Saint Sariel and its sister-ship Saint Camael (delivered earlier this month) was awarded in June 2016.
The 30m Incat Crowther-designed catamarans can carry up to 300 passengers, reaching speeds of up to 25 knots.
Austal CEO David Singleton said Austal’s Philippines shipyard had quickly established a good reputation for vessel design and construction – supported by the company’s Australia-based shipbuilding team.
“It’s a proud moment for all of us, particularly our Philippines workforce, as we deliver these vessels to the region’s leading high-speed ferry operator, the 2Go Group,” he said.