Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship Coronado (LCS 4) successfully completed Acceptance Trials (AT) on August 23, 2013, in the Gulf of Mexico. This milestone achievement involved the execution of intense comprehensive tests by the Navy while underway, which demonstrated the successful operation of the ship’s major systems and equipment. This is the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship, which is expected in September.
The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation. This vessel is the second of twelve, 127-meter Independence-variant LCS class ships Austal has been contracted to build for the U.S. Navy (including USS Independence (LCS 2), delivered to the Navy in 2009). The final 10 of the 12 were awarded to Austal as prime contractor subsequent to a $3.5 billion block buy in 2010.
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Australia has 36,000 kilometres of coastline and an offshore maritime area of nearly 13 million square kilometres. The new Customs and Border Protection Cape Class Patrol Boats will play a significant role in border security by maintaining a presence around Australia’s coastline and responding to reported or suspected border incidents and illegal activity.
Customs and Border Protection vessels perform strategic patrols and tactical surveillance and enforcement for various agencies to address maritime security threats within and beyond Australia’s 200 nautical mile exclusive economic Zone (eeZ).
Demonstrating the rapid progress of the Cape Class Patrol Boat Program, Austal hosted on August 14 the keel-laying ceremony for the third vessel, Cape Nelson, one of eight 56-metre patrol boats that Austal is designing, building and supporting for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.
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Austal is to supply the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service with a fleet of eight Cape Class Patrol Boats. The US $ 375 million contract includes through life support for eight years. Construction of the first hull is due to commence this month with completion planned for March 2013. Delivery date for the completion of the contract for all eight vessels is in the third quarter of 2015. The new vessels have an LOA of 190 ft (58 m) and are powered twin Caterpillar 3516C diesel engines, driving fixed pitch propellers. Maximum speed is 25 kn and range is 4,000+ nautical miles at 12 kn. [More]
Austal’s Auto Express 113 Class catamaran ferry Leonora Christina was handed over this week to her Danish owners Færgen A/S (formerly Nordic Ferry Services). The main dimensions are: LOA 370 ft (112.6 m), beam 86 ft (26.2 m) and maximum draft 16 ft (4.85 m), maximum deadweight 1,000 tonnes. The vessel is one of the world’s largest high speed ferries and has the highest vehicle-passenger capacity of any Austal-built vessel. Propulsion is provided by four MAN 20V 28/33D diesel engines driving four water jets producing a maximum speed of 40 kn. [More]
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Austal Ltd, has just completed an 18 month study on the development of several new types of fast ferry. Their study concluded that the most promising solutions for future regulations are multi-hulled HSC code compliant ferries running at a significantly slower speeds than present fast ferries. Austal gives three examples of new designs using LNG as the main fuel. The largest example is a 127 m trimaran ferry powered by twin dual fuel GE LM2500 gas turbines. A smaller 102 m trimaran ferry uses three 4 MW Wärtsilä 9L34DF dual fuel, medium speed engines. The smallest design example is a 72 m catamaran ferry using a dual fuel diesel/LNG electric propulsion system of four 2.3 MW Bergen dual fuel engines. [More]