Austal 102 Trimaran nears completion

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The Austal 102 Trimaran has impressed during sea trials

The Austal 102 Trimaran has impressed during sea trials. View gallery (6 images)

After first leaving terra firma in December 2009, Austal's next-gen 102-meter trimaran is now nearing completion. The company says the vessel has impressed during sea trials this year, achieving a speed of 39 knots at 90% MCR (maximum continuous rating) with 340 tonnes deadweight.

The Australian company's patented trimaran hullform enables the high-speed ferry to negotiate big waves while using less power - and therefore less fuel - and maintaining passenger comfort. It also reduces waves created behind the vessel which reduces environmental impacts.

The Austal 102 can carry 1165 passengers, 254 cars and has a 630 nautical mile range.

For further info see Austal or read our feature on the trimaran and interview with Tony Armstrong, Austal’s head of R&D.

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