Fjord Line’s New Catamaran FSTR Launched
Fjord Line’s brand new high-speed catamaran ferry, FSTR, has been launched from Austal’s shipyard on the Philippines (Balamban, Cebu).
The ship will replace HSC FJORD CAT for the route between Kristiansand and Hirtshals, and will double the capacity of the fastest route between Norway and Denmark.
The fast vehicle-passenger ferry, to be known as FSTR, is the largest aluminium vessel ever launched in the Philippines – and the largest by volume ever constructed by Austal.
The vessel is now in the final stages of fit out, prior to delivery to Fjord Line in Q2.
FSTR (Hull 419) is capable of transporting 1,200 passengers at up to 40 knots and features Austal’s largest ever vehicle-carrying capacity constructed to date, with a beam of 30.5 metres enabling 404 cars to be carried across two decks. The ship features several key design innovations that enhance operating performance and passenger comfort, including a new, optimised hull form that will minimise fuel consumption and wake wash when operating on the Skagerrak Sea between Hirtshals and Kristiansand.