Austal Vietnam launches 66m high-speed catamaran for French Polynesia

May 5, 2023

Austal Vietnam has successfully launched a new high-speed catamaran built at the company’s shipyard in Vung Tau for the Degage Group of French Polynesia. (media release)

APETAHI EXPRESS (Austal Hull 425) is undergoing final fit-out, prior to sea trials which are due to commence in May. The vessel is scheduled for delivery in June 2023.

  • LOA 4m | beam 15.2m | draft 1.8m | 2 passenger decks | 574 passengers |
  • Crew accommodation includes 7 two-berth cabins and 2 single-berth cabins
  • 4 passenger access ramps
  • Cargo capacity 16 tonnes, loaded via two cranes
  • 4 diesel engines and 4 waterjets
  • Austal’s Motion Control System (including active interceptors and T-foils)
  • Latest MARINELINK-Connect programme
  • Top speed of 35.8 knots | range 360 nautical miles (excluding a long-range tank, fitted)