Austal Limited has announced that a second high-speed passenger ferry contract has been awarded to Aulong Shipbuilding, a joint venture company formed by Austal Limited and Guangdong Jianglong Shipbuilding of Zhuhai, China.
Aulong has clinched a A$5.6M (US$4.4M) contract to design and build a 35 m high-speed catamaran for Chinese mainland ferry operator, Blue Sea Jet.
Announcing the contract in Australia, Austal chief executive David Singleton said “Our Aulong joint venture is a great example of how effective technology transfer is developing our export business, with Austal’s extensive commercial portfolio attracting existing and new customers in mainland China.”
The new, all-aluminium ferry will carry up to 260 passengers at speeds in excess of 26 knots.
Construction will commence from Aulong’s Zhongshan shipyard in Guandong Province in September 2017, following the launch of the joint ventures’ first vessel construction; a 42 m passenger ferry also for Blue Sea Jet, later this month.