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Austal inks MOU for 80 m trimaran for Japan-Korea ferry route

DECEMBER 13, 2017 — Austal Australia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Japan's JR Kyushu Jet Ferry covering development of a new high speed trimaran passenger ferry concept for JR Kyushu Jet Ferry's South Korea to Japan route.

The 80 m ferry will be based on Austal's trimaran hull form, with the interior being developed by leading Japanese designer, Mr. Eiji Mitooka of Don Design.

"This announcement caps off a great 2017 for Austal, a year in which we have had record orders for our commercial business," said Austal Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Ben Marland. He noted that executives from JR Kyushu Jet Ferry had traveled to the U.K. and Spain to personally experience the difference in passenger comfort offered by the Austal trimaran design offers.

The MOU notes the parties' intention to move towards a contract for the design, manufacture and delivery of a vessel with a 500-passenger capacity and top speed of 38 knots. Delivery from the shipyard is planned for early 2018.

JR Kyushu Jet Ferry is part of the Kyushu Railway Company and operates daily jetfoil services between Fukuoka, Japan and Busan, South Korea.

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March 4, 2018
AUSTAL AWARDED A$68M CONTRACT FOR 83 METRE TRIMARAN BY JR KYUSHU JET FERRY OF JAPAN

AUSTAL AWARDED A$68M CONTRACT FOR 83 METRE TRIMARAN BY JR KYUSHU JET FERRY OF JAPAN

Following the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) announced 8 December 2017, Austal (ASX:ASB) is pleased to announce the award of a A$68 million contract
to design and build an 83 metre trimaran ferry for JR Kyushu Jet Ferry of Japan.

Australia’s Ambassador to Japan, The Hon Richard Court AC and Japan’s Consul-General in Perth, Western Australia, Mr Tatsuo Hirayama joined Austal’s Chairman Mr John Rothwell AO and Chief Executive Officer Mr David Singleton for a signing ceremony at the Australian shipyard with JR Kyushu Jet Ferry’s President, Mr Masayuki Mizuno and General Manager, Planning, Mr Hitoshi Ogawa.

“Austal congratulates JR Kyushu Jet Ferry on the selection of our proven trimaran platform to expand their Japan to South Korea route. This exciting new vessel will deliver excellent seakeeping and an unparalleled customer experience to JR Kyushu’s ferry network,” Mr Singleton said.

“This contract is an outstanding start to 2018 for Austal, following a record year for commercial vessel sales in 2017 - and reflects our continued focus as a technology-led organisation in developing industry-leading, customised solutions for commercial operators around the world.

Mr Ben Marland, Vice President Sales and Marketing, added “Austal’s unique trimaran hull design has truly revolutionised the commercial and defence vessel markets. This is the first high-speed trimaran ferry we have placed in to Japan and we are delighted to be partnered with JR Kyushu Jet Ferry on this prestigious route.

“With 9 Austal trimarans already in operation around the world, another 7 under construction and now 5 on order, it’s fair to say we are seeing a transformation in the market – and genuine customer enthusiasm for the proven technology, efficiency and capability of our design,” Mr Marland added.

The 83 metre trimaran, with a capacity for 502 passengers and an operational speed of 37 knots, will service JR Kyushu Jet Ferry’s key strategic route between Fukuoka, Japan and Busan, South Korea. The vessel will feature a customised interior, developed by respected Japanese design house, Don Design Associates, led by Mr Eiji Mitooka, famous for the luxuriously appointed interiors of JR Kyushu’s high-end passenger trains.

Construction of the vessel will commence in late 2018, with services scheduled to begin prior to the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.

Austal would like to acknowledge the assistance provided by the Australian Trade Commission Office in Japan in achieving this landmark sale, and in particular, Ian Brazier, the Consul-General and Trade Commissioner in Fukuoka, as well as the Shintoa Corporation of Japan.


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Denne blir bygg nr. 396 ved Austal Ships Pty Ltd. og namnet ser ut til å bli "Queen Beetle"

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