Austal's next generation trimaran is nearing completion and should be ready for sea trials in October
The Auto Express 102 can carry 245 cars and provides 190 lane meters of heavy vehicle parking
Capable of speeds of 39 nautical miles per hour, the Austal 102 will provide smooth sailing in even the heaviest seas
Shipbuilder Austal first came to Gizmag’s attention in 2005 with the launch of the world’s largest aluminum vessel, the 127 meter Benchijigua Express. The company then started building Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) for the US Navy, based on the same trimaran design. And, now, Austal is launching an even more refined version that improves sea-keeping, passenger comfort and fuel efficiency. This week, Tony Armstrong, Austal’s head of R&D, spoke exclusively to Gizmag about potentially building 20% of the US Navy fleet, how they reduced fuel consumption by a quarter, what sick bags can tell you, and much more.
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