Austal in talks to build LNG fast ferries for HK

Australian shipbuilder Austal has begun talks with ferry companies in Hong Kong to supply fast ferries powered by cleaner fuel. Photo: Austal

Australian shipbuilder Austal is in initial talks with Hong Kong ferry companies to supply liquefied natural gas-powered fast ferries, a move that would mark the first time Asian ship operators used the cleaner fuel.

Wednesday, 3 October, 2012, 1:58am

$47m deal secret

Oceanfast, a unit of Perth shipbuilder Austal, has won a contract to build a 33-metre luxury sports fishing vessel worth about A$10 million (about HK$47.38 million). The vessel is for private use and the identity of the owner is being kept secret. Construction will take a year.

10 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Austal builds Ireland ferry

Irish Continental Group has purchased an Auto Express 86 vehicle-passenger catamaran from West Australian shipbuilder Austal Ships. The vessel is due to enter service in mid-1999.

The 86-metre vessel, to be operated on the Holyhead-Dublin route, will offer four return crossings a day.

21 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

High-speed ferry for Turkey

West Australian shipbuilder Austal Ships' 86-metre, Auto Express catamaran Adnan Menderes has achieved a maximum speed of 42 knots.

The 340 deadweight tonne Adnan Menderes is the first of two such vessels to be built for eastern Mediterranean operator, Istanbul Deniz Otobusleri (IDO).

17 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Austal sells cruise catamaran to Bali firm

Austal Ships has sold a 44-metre cruise catamaran to Bounty Cruises of Bali, owned by the Bounty Group.

This is the third sale to Indonesia. Two cruise catamarans were sold to Bali Hai Cruises in 1990 and 1994.

Austal said the new vessel to Bounty Cruises was scheduled for delivery in July 1998.

10 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Austal delivers mainland ferries

West Australian shipbuilder Austal Ships has delivered the high-speed passenger catamarans Tai Jian and Nan Hua to Chu Kong Shipping.

The two vessels, due to enter service this month, are Austal's 27th and 28th high-speed passenger catamarans built for Chinese owners.

15 Aug 1997 - 12:00am

Caribbean route test for new vessel

Austal Ships has confirmed the sale of a 48-metre Auto Express vehicle-passenger catamaran to French maritime group Compagnie Chambon.

The vessel will be delivered to Guadeloupe in the West Indies in April next year, where it will enter service for L'Express Des Iles, Chambon's fast-ferry operation in the French Caribbean.

13 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Ferry sets off for Poland

The 82-metre auto express catamaran Boomerang, built for Polish Baltic Shipping Co (Polferries), has set out on an 11,000-nautical-mile delivery voyage from Australia to Poland.

The vessel, built by Austal Ships in Fremantle, will enter service next month between Swinoujscie in Poland and Malmo, Sweden. It will cut the nine-hour crossing time by almost two thirds.

26 May 1997 - 12:00am

Austal plans June delivery

WESTERN Australian shipbuilder Austal Ships is to deliver its 26th fast ferry - a 268 passenger 40-metre aluminium catamaran - to China in June.

The vessel, which is being built for Zeng Cheng City Port Construction Development Co, will be 40.1 metres in length with a maximum draught of 1.4 metres.

4 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

Austal scoops awards

AUSTAL Ships has taken top honours, winning two major Australian industry awards.

The company won the prestigious Design Award in the 1995 Western Australian Industry and Export Awards for it 79-metre Auto Express vehicle and passenger ferry, as well as taking out the The Premier's Award for Excellence.

8 Dec 1995 - 12:00am

High-speed ferries big winners for Austal

WESTERN Australian shipbuilder Austal Ships recently delivered its 24th and 25th high-speed ferries to China.

Since the first delivery in 1990, the company's now familiar 40-metre catamaran has become a market leader, combining performance, client requirements and customer appeal - with the number of repeat orders as evidence of this.

20 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

Australian ferry bound for Baltic

FERRIES Australia has confirmed the sale of an 82-metre fast ferry to leading German-based operator TT Line.

The passenger and car carrying catamaran is intended to operate on the route between the north German ports of Rostock/Warnemunde and Trelleborg, Sweden, joining TT Line's fleet of seven operating in the Baltic region.

23 Aug 1995 - 12:00am

Chu Kong orders 'cat' from Austal

CHU Kong Shipping of China has awarded a A$10 million (about HK$57 million) contract to Austal Ships of Western Australia to build a 40-metre gas turbine-powered catamaran.

1 Mar 1995 - 12:00am

Passenger ferry order wrapped up

AUSTAL Ships has confirmed the order for an A$28 million (about HK$164.36 million), 59 metre Auto Express vehicle-passenger ferry that will operate in the Baltic Sea.

5 Dec 1994 - 12:00am

Another fast cat delivered

WEST Australian shipbuilder Austal Ships has delivered its 22nd catamaran to Chinese operators.

The Xin He Shan arrived in Hong Kong on board the heavy-lift ship Antje from Fremantle in Western Australia on Saturday.

17 Aug 1994 - 12:00am