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Austal Delivers Final Cape Class Patrol Boat

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

September 4, 2015

Photo: Austal

Photo: Austal

Cape York, the last of eight new Cape Class Patrol Boats for Australian Border Force (formerly Australian Customs and Border Protection) has been delivered by shipbuilder Austal Limited under a $330 million design, build and in-service support contract.

Austal was awarded the contract for eight Cape Class 58-meter aluminum monohull patrol boats in August 2011.

Austal Chief Executive Officer Andrew Bellamy said all eight Cape Class Patrol Boats have been delivered on-time and on-budget from the shipbuilder’s team at Henderson shipyard.

“Austal has delivered one Cape Class Patrol vessel approximately every 10 weeks over 2014-2015; which has significantly increased Australian Border Force’s capability to reliably deliver on the Border Protection obligations it undertakes for the Commonwealth of Australia, ” Bellamy said.

“Our national sustainment team, services and facilities continues to grow in line with the Cape Class Patrol Boats coming into service; ensuring the operational availability of the Australian Border Force fleet around the country.”

As the sole provider of the Commonwealth’s border patrol capability for the past 17 years and as a successful exporter, Austal has now delivered a total of 72 patrol boats. The company has recently submitted a tender for the Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Program, comprising 21 vessels for delivery to Pacific Island nations from 2017.

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