The vessel, named "The Dory 2," will be built for The Degage Group of French Polynesia, with the contract valued between $30-$40 million.

This project marks a milestone for Austal Vietnam as it will be the first steel vessel constructed at the shipyard. The roll-on roll-off ferry features a steel monohull design with an aluminum superstructure, capable of accommodating up to 140 passengers seated and 17 crew members.

The vessel's main cargo deck spans 494 square meters, enabling the transportation of 10' and 20' containers, palletized cargo, and vehicles. Austal's CEO, Paddy Gregg, highlighted the significance of the contract, marking the fifth ferry constructed for The Degage Group. He emphasized the strong partnership between the two entities and Austal's proven track record in delivering quality vessels.

For Austal, the contract diversifies its portfolio beyond defense orders, showcasing its capabilities in commercial shipbuilding. The project also introduces steel shipbuilding expertise to the Vietnam yard, which traditionally focuses on aluminum construction.

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The Degage Group, with its extensive fleet servicing Tahiti, Moorea, and the western Tuamotus, expressed confidence in Austal's ability to deliver a superior product. The vessel, boasting a cruising speed of 12 knots and a range of 1,000 nautical miles, will operate between Papeete and Palliser islands.