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Fred Olsen Express BETANCURIA EXPRESS arrives at Morro Jable, Fuerteventura from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

At Fayard, LIVERPOOL SEAWAYS is being prepared for her new owners, La Meridionale.

Palma de Mallorca

Ferry Shipping News’ Mike Louagie was in Palma de Mallorca with cruise vessel COSTA SMERALDA, and took these pictures from Deck 18 from the mega vessel.

Early morning arrival of Balearia’s LNG-powered HYPATIA DE ALEJANDRIA.


FORZA passes the famous cathedral on her way out.

More freight leaves the island with CIUDAD DE MAHON.

ABEL MATUTES Is one of Balearia’s ships that was converted into an LNG-powered ferry.

Austal Reveals QUEEN BEETLE in Colourful Ceremony

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Austal has celebrated the company’s latest development in high-speed trimaran technology with the revealing of an 83 metre trimaran ferry, under construction for JR Kyushu Jet Ferry of Japan, at the company’s Henderson South shipyard in Western Australia.

Austal Hull 396, to be known as QUEEN BEETLE, was designed and constructed by Austal Australia and is due for launch in mid-March 2020. The vessel will be handed over to JR Kyushu Jet Ferry in June 2020 and will commence services between Busan, South Korea and Fukuoka, Japan in July 2020.

Speaking at the reveal ceremony, which was attended by more than 100 guests, including Governor of Western Australia The Hon Kim Beazley AC and West Australian Premier The Hon Mark McGowan MLA, Austal Chief Executive David Singleton said the company was proud to be introducing the new trimaran to Japan while offering outstanding value to a new customer, JR Kyushu Jet Ferry.