Austal has put pen to paper on a catamaran newbuilding order for Oslo-listed ferry company Fjord Line worth AUD 108m ($86m).

The 109 metre all-aluminium vessel will be the eighth large high-speed commercial ferry to be built by the company.

“This valuable export contract will create outstanding opportunities for our design, production and project management teams here in Australia,” said Austal chief executive David Singleton said.