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Passenger Express 83 - Queen Beetle

A next generation 83 metre trimaran ferry for JR Kyushu of Japan, designed and built by Austal at its shipyard in Western Australia, the Queen Beetle was launched on 24 April 2020 and will soon be in service between South Korea and Japan.

The Austal Passenger Express 83 trimaran, with a capacity for 502 passengers and an operational speed of 37 knots, will service JR Kyushu Jet Ferry’s key strategic route between Fukuoka, Japan and Busan, South Korea. The vessel will feature a very high quality customised interior, developed by respected Japanese design house, Don Design Associates, led by Mr Eiji Mitooka, famous for the luxuriously appointed interiors of JR Kyushu’s high-end passenger trains.

Austal Hull 396 - Queen Beetle was launched at Henderson, Western Australia on 24 April 2020 (Images: Austal)