These three 28 meter passenger ferries were designed in Australia and were built in China and Hong Kong. They are in operation in Hong Kong as high speed ferries to the outlying islands.
With a full load, cruise speed is 25 knots, these ferries are very succussful examples of econimical ferry transport. Carrying 230 passengers in Air Conditioned comfort, the vessels are powered by twin MTU 12V1000 engines at 1080 hp each.
Features include low-wash hulls with high-slip hull forms, giving great fuel economy. These hulls were tank tested and refined, allowing for an even better performance.
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