• This completes the manufacture and assembly of all the main parts of the construction of the new 26 m long catamaran with a capacity for 250 passengers.

The building of the new Rodman 80 for Fred. Olsen Express continues its progress and this week the installation of the upper deck on the main deck has been successfully completed. Thus, the building and assembly of all the main parts of the new 26-metre catamaran, with a capacity for 250 passengers, has been completed. This brings to an end a sequence of important milestones in the manufacturing process and the structure of the vessel is now assembled.

At the end of last May, the design and construction project for the new Fred. Olsen Express was launched. Since then, the technical team of the Rodman Shipyard, together with the technical team of the Shipping Company, has carried out a thorough work of definition and development of the vessel. The aim is to ensure her functionality, comfort and sustainability, as well as the best performance of this new catamaran that will be part of the company’s fleet in 2024, providing service between the islands of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.

The manufacturing process continues and both companies express their satisfaction with the current development and the expectations created with this new vessel.

Now the works of fitting out all the passenger areas of this new catamaran, which will be operational before the summer, have begun.

For the Fleet Manager of Fred. Olsen Express, Juan Ignacio Liaño, “the manufacturing of the miniferri is progressing well, complying with the quality standards that are a characteristic of our fleet. A process that is made easier thanks to the excellent communication between the Rodman Shipyard and our Shipping Company. This Rodman 80 catamaran is here to meet the great demand for the route between Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, thus consolidating our model focused on excursion tourism, focused on passengers…”

From Rodman, we are pleased that the building process is meeting the initial expectations set by Fred. Olsen Express and also with those of our quality seal as a Shipyard. The work dynamic between the Rodman team and the Shipping Company’s engineers is very smooth, which helps the progress in the development of the catamaran.

Over the last few years, Rodman has successfully designed, built and delivered different types of catamarans, not only for passengers, but also for other purposes, such as hydrographic and research catamarans or offshore catamarans to support offshore wind energy platforms.

The experience achieved in this type of constructions, positions Rodman as one of the reference shipyards at European level for this type of vessels.