Global Shipbuilder Austal Launches Its Largest Ferry Ever, And It's Made in the Philippines


Austal Philippines has launched the largest ferry ever built by the company: Express 5. The 115-meter, high-speed vehicle-passenger ferry is a type of catamaran, a multi-hulled watercraft featuring two parallel hulls of equal size.

“The launch of Express 5 is a genuine milestone on a number of levels, as the largest ferry ever constructed by an Austal shipyard; and the first to be launched using our proprietary new vessel transport system,” said Paddy Gregg, CEO of Austal Ltd.

Photo by Caloy Ramirez / Austal Philippines.
Photo by Caloy Ramirez / Austal Philippines.
Photo by Caloy Ramirez / Austal Philippines.

The feat was made possible by Austal Philippines, which spearheaded the design and construction of the vessel.

“Congratulations to the Austal Philippines team, who have not only successfully constructed and launched Express 5 but designed and developed a new vessel transport system to improve efficiency, reduce costs and enhance operations, for the benefit of our customers. Our congratulations also to Molslinjen, whom I know are just as excited as us to see this impressive new ferry in the water, with sea trials commencing soon,” Gregg added.

Molslinjen is the client who commissioned the vessel.

Austal is a global ship builder and defense prime contractor with industry-leading capabilities in the development of both defense and commercial vessel platforms.

Austal Express 5 Features

According to Austal Philippines, the Express 5 has the capacity for 1,610 passengers, and space for 450 cars. It has a speed of 37 knots. It is powered by an LNG-capable, medium-speed power plant that offers a powerful yet economic and environmentally friendly solution. On board, passengers will enjoy leather-appointed reclining seats with USB ports, Wi-Fi, a full bistro and bar(s), a children’s play area, and multiple audio-visual screens.

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