Australian trimaran manufacturer navigates new waters

15 years since its launch, Austal’s trimaran vessel is continuing to receive orders.

Recent improvements to the design of the trimarans enable the vessel to improve its ride and roll characteristics, ensuring the ship remains stable, providing a secure customer experience.

“Austal’s trimaran design has continually proven its superiority in managing challenging sea keeping conditions in both commercial and military applications. Even at the most basic level, the reduction in instances of sea sickness from this design is a key feature that continues to drive demand for the platform,” said Austal CEO, David Singleton.

The ASX-traded shipbuilder, based in Henderson, WA, produces ships for naval, government, and commercial operators. Its product range comprises high-speed military vessels, patrol boats in use by the Australian Border Force, and high-speed passenger and vehicle ferries.

“With 13 Austal trimarans in operation globally, and nine under construction for commercial and military customers, these unique and highly sophisticated vessels continue to attract attention for their performance and success. At present we are receiving increasing demand for the trimaran vessel design over the catamaran due to the passenger comfort and experience the hull design provides,” said Singleton.

Austal’s range of trimarans are currently in use by Canary Islands ferry service Fred. Olsen, S.A. The company’s increased interest in the product was attested to by its CEO, Andrés Marín.

“Fred. Olsen is confident of introducing a superior maritime experience from 2020 for all Fred. Olsen Express customers, who have trusted our services for more than 45 years,” said Marín.

For the past 30 years, Austal has innovated in the field of aluminium shipbuilding, becoming the world’s largest aluminium shipbuilder. Austal has designed, constructed, and delivered more than 300 commercial and defence vessels. In addition to its shipyards in WA, Austal produces vessels in the United States and the Philippines.