Austal News

22 Jan 2020

Austal Secures 41-Meter Catamaran Order

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Australian-based global ship building company Austal Limited announced that it has been awarded a A$15.5 million (US$10.7 million) contract for a 41 meter, high-speed catamaran.According to a press release, the vessel will provide production continuity to Austal Vietnam as it completes the fabrication of a 94 meter ferry for a customer in Trinidad and Tobago. The contract will become effective when the required down payment is received, which is expected in the next few days.The new vessel is based on an existing and proven Austal Australia designed vessel…

14 Jan 2020

Austal Australia Rolls Out 118m Trimaran

‘Bajamar Express’ (Hull 394) (Photo: Austal Australia)

Austal Australia has rolled out the hull (No. 394) and attached the superstructure for the first of two 118 meter trimarans under construction for Fred. Olsen Express of the Canary Islands.Bajamar Express was rolled out onto the hardstand at Austal Australia’s Henderson shipyard in Western Australia on December 14, in preparation for final fit out before launch in February 2020.Austal Chief Executive Officer David Singleton highlighted the vessel’s significance as one of nine trimarans currently under construction by Austal…

11 Nov 2019

Austal USA Christens Latest Navy Ship

Ships’ sponsor Charlotte Marshall smashing the champagne bottle at the christening ceremony for the future USNS Newport (EPF12) at Austal USA’s shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. (Image: Austal USA)

American, Australian-Domiciled global ship building company  Austal Limited said that its latest USA-made Navy vessel was officially christened during a ceremony Saturday at the company’s shipyard in Mobile, Alabama.The future USNS Newport, the Navy’s 12th Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) vessel, was honored during a ceremony featuring the traditional breaking of a champagne bottle on the side of the ship by its sponsor, Charlotte Marshall of Newport, R.I.Newport is the twelfth of fourteen EPF’s that Austal has under contract with the U.S.

04 Nov 2019

LCS Kansas City Completes Trials

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The future USS Kansas City (LCS 22) successfully completed acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico. LCS 22 is the 11th Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), built by Austal USA in Mobile, to reach this milestone.Acceptance trials involve the execution of intense comprehensive tests by the Austal USA-led industry team while underway, which demonstrate to the Navy the successful operation of the ship’s major systems and equipment. This the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship.

31 Oct 2019

Austal USA Earns $21m LCS Post Delivery Award

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The U.S. Navy awarded Austal USA a $$21,529,121 order yesterday to perform planned post delivery services on the Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship USS Charleston (LCS 18). Austal’s west coast operations team will perform the work in Seattle, Washington, with it scheduled to be completed by September 2020.As the number of Austal-built ships in the fleet continues to grow, the company is expanding its west coast operations in San Diego and its Asia-Pacific operations in…

25 Oct 2019

Austal Wins New Ferry Order from Molslinjen

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Perth-based ship manufacturer, Austal has penned a contract for the design and construction of a 115 meter, high-speed catamaran for Molslinjen of Denmark.The contract worth A$136 million is a follow-up order to the 109 meter high-speed catamaran Express 4, delivered to Molslinjen in January 2019, the new Auto Express 115 will be the largest ferry (by volume) ever built by Austal.The vessel will be fitted with a new generation of medium speed engines that are LNG compatible, and…

09 Oct 2019

Austal, Cerberus Mull JV on Hanjin's Philippine Yard

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Australian shipbuilder Austal Ltd and U.S. private equity firm are considering a joint bid for a strategically located but debt-laden Philippine shipyard, the facility's trustee said on Wednesday.Hanjin Philippines, a unit of South Korea's Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co Ltd, in January defaulted on $1.3 billion in loans, of which $900 million is owed to South Korean banks and the rest to five Philippine lenders.Austal and Cerberus are interested in the distressed shipyard…

07 Oct 2019

GE Marine Turbines Power USS CINCINNATI

Shown is the USS CINCINNATI at its commissioning on October 5, 2019 in Gulfport, 
Mississippi. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Rosalie Chang

GE Marine’s LM2500 gas turbines now power the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) USS CINCINNATI (LCS 20), which was commissioned into the United States Navy’s fleet on October 5 in Gulfport, Mississippi. “GE’s skilled and diverse workforce built the LM2500 marine gas turbines used to power this sophisticated surface combatant at GE Aviation’s manufacturing facility in Evendale, Ohio, a few minutes-drive from downtown Cincinnati,” said GE’s Kris Shepherd, Vice President, General Manager, Marine Operations.

07 Oct 2019

Austal Launches Marinelink-Fleet

Austal has launched a new addition to the proven MARINELINK product range, MARINELINK-Fleet.Building upon Austal’s original, proprietary MARINELINK on-board vessel monitoring, alarm and control system - and recent MARINELINK-Smart application that adds ‘smart ship’ capabilities -MARINELINK-Fleet offers ferry operators a live, integrated view of a fleet’s operating environment, schedule, comfort and fuel performance.MARINELINK-Fleet at the annual Interferry conference in London, Austal’s Technology Development Manager Max van Someren said the new product enables any ferry operator to more effectively monitor their fleet and achieve optimum vessel performance and customer experience.“MARINELINK-Fleet is available to any ferry operator and is suitable for use on any type of ship…

02 Sep 2019

Austal, Fred. Olsen Partner on Trimarans

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Australian-based global ship building company Austal and the UK-based, Norwegian-owned cruise shipping line Fred. Olsen have partnered on two next generation trimarans with advanced environmental credentials.Starting with the design process, Austal’s R&D team used optimized lightweight structures and the benefits of Austal’s ongoing weight reduction program to reduce the power required to achieve the vessel’s high speed.This results in significantly lower emissions from the main engines compared to a steel vessel equivalent.

13 Aug 2019

Incat, Austal Choose MAN for Ferries

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Incat and Austal ferries to maintain Trinidad and Tobago seabridge Prominent Australian shipbuilders, Austal and Incat Tasmania, have ordered a total of eight MAN 16V28/33D STC engines in connection with the decision of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago to build one fast ferry at each yard.Each vessel will be powered by 4 × MAN 16V28/33D STC units to provide highspeed passenger and vehicle operations on the seabridge between the islands of Trinidad and Tobago.

29 Jul 2019

NSRP Names ECB Officers

Don Hamadyk, Director, Research and Development at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division

The National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) has announced the election of new officers to its Executive Control Board (ECB).Don Hamadyk, Director, Research and Development at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division in Newport News, VA, has been elected as ECB chairman for a two-year term. Don earned his undergraduate and Master’s degrees from Stevens Institute of Technology.Don succeeds Tim Glinatsis, Vice President, Engineering at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Bath, ME.

02 Jul 2019

Philly Shipyard to Appoint New CFO

Brian Leathers, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Philly Shipyard ASA

Philly Shipyard ASA announced that Brian Leathers will assume the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) immediately following the Q2 2019 meeting of the Board of Directors on July 15, 2019.Mr. Leathers will replace Jan Ivar Nielsen, who is resigning from his position as the company’s CFO to pursue another executive role within the Aker group. Mr. Nielsen will remain available to the company until August 15, 2019 to ensure a smooth transition.Mr. Leathers has served as the company’s Strategy and Compliance Officer for the past six months, reporting to Mr. Nielsen. Prior to that role, Mr.

02 Jul 2019

Philly Shipyard Appoint New CFO

Philly Shipyard aerial view. Photo: Philly Shipyard

The U.S. commercial shipyard constructing vessels for operation in the U.S. Jones Act market, Philly Shipyard announced that it is to appoint a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with “deep government contracts experience”.Brian Leathers will assume the CFO position immediately following the second quarter 2019 meeting of the company’s board on July 15, 2019.Leathers will replace Jan Ivar Nielsen, who is resigning from his position as the company’s CFO to pursue another executive role within the Aker group.Leathers has served as the company’s Strategy and Compliance Officer for the past six months…

01 Jul 2019

Austal Christens USS Oakland

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Austal USA hosted the christening of the future USS Oakland (LCS 24). This is the first of three U.S. Navy ships to be christened at Austal’s state-of-the-art ship manufacturing facility in 2019.Oakland is the 12th of 19 Independence-variant littoral combat ships (LCSs) Austal USA has under contract with the U.S. Navy. The ship’s sponsor, Kate Brandt, a recipient of the Distinguished Public Service Award, the highest award the U.S. Navy can give to a civilian, headlined the group of officials…

25 Jun 2019

Austal USA Delivers 10th LCS to U.S. Navy

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Austal USA delivered its 10th Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) to the U.S. Navy. The future USS Cincinnati (LCS 20) will be the 18th LCS to enter the fleet.Five small surface combatants are presently under various stages of construction at Austal’s Alabama shipyard. The future USS Kansas City (LCS 22) is preparing for sea trials. Assembly is underway on the future USS Oakland (LCS 24) and the future USS Mobile (LCS 26), and modules are under construction for the future USS Savannah (LCS 28) and the future USS Canberra (LCS 30)…

07 May 2019

GE LM2500 Approved for US Navy Application

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GE Marine’s new lightweight LM2500 composite gas turbine module and updated components are now fully certified by the United States Navy after receiving MIL-S-901D shock qualification, the company reported at the Sea Air Space 2019 industry exhibitionU.S. Navy approval was obtained after the successful shock test of the composite module and the submittal of a comprehensive assessment of the changes to the LM2500 system. Changes include the composite module, components, and fewer…

17 Apr 2019

Austal Cuts Steel for Fred. Olsen Ferry

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Australian-based global ship building company Austal Limited has commenced construction of the second of two 118 metre high-speed passenger trimaran ferries for Fred. Olsen Express in the Company’s Philippines shipyard.The vessel is due to be delivered by the end of 2020 as part of an A$190 million contract with Fred. Olsen Express for two 118 metre trimarans, which was awarded to Austal in October 2017.A metal cutting ceremony for the future “Bañaderos Express” was held in the Philippines shipyard, where the official names for the new vessels were officially announced by Fred.

09 Apr 2019

Australia Gifts Guardian Class Patrol Boat to Tuvalu

Prime Minister The Hon Enele Sopoaga accepts the Te Mataili II from the Commonwealth of Australia, represented by Senator Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific. Tuvalu's Minister for Natural Resources, The Hon Dr Puakena Boreham and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Trade, Tourism, Environment and Labour, The Hon Taukelina Finikaso joined the Prime Minister at the ceremony. (Image: Austal)

Australian designer and manufacturer, Austal handed over a Guardian-class patrol boat to the Pacific Island country Tuvalu in a ceremony in Perth, Australia.This is the second of 21 GCPBs being gifted by the Commonwealth to 12 Pacific Island Nations and Timor-Leste under the Commonwealths Pacific Maritime Security Program."Austal is pleased to deliver this program for the Commonwealth of Australia. The Guardian Class has brought together the industry-leading skills of over 200 Austal employees…

26 Mar 2019

Navy Contracts for Austal USA

Photo courtesy of Austal USA

Austal USA was awarded a $261.8 million contract for the 13th and 14th Expeditionary Fast Transport ships (EPF) by the U.S. Navy, bringing the total value of the 14-ship deal to slightly more than $2 billionThe EPF’s large, open-mission deck and large habitability spaces provide the opportunity to conduct a wide range of missions from engagement and humanitarian assistance to disaster relief, and from maritime security support operations, to intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.

15 Mar 2019

Austal Delivers Catamaran to BraveLine

Hull 680 in front of the new 120 metre assembly bay at Austal Philippines shipyard in Balamban, Cebu (Image: Austal)

Austal Limited's Philippines shipyard delivered a 50-mcatamaran to Taiwanese Brave Line in what is the company’s first commercial contract in the East Asian country.The catamaran is the first of two 550 passenger Austal-designed vessels being constructed at the company’s Philippines shipyard in Balamban, Cebu. The contract was awarded to Austal by Taiwan’s Brave Line in September 2017. The vessels include an optimized hull form for improved fuel efficiency and passenger comfort.Austal…

14 Mar 2019

GE Turbines Power Two U.S. Navy LCS

Photo: GE Marine

GE Marine's LM2500 gas turbines now power two Littoral Combat Ships built by Austal USA that were recently commissioned by the United States Navy: USS Tulsa (LCS 16) and USS Charleston (LCS 18).The powerful LM2500 gas turbines are “Made in America” at GE’s Evendale, Ohio, manufacturing facility, just north of Cincinnati, Ohio.The commissioning for LCS 16 was held in San Francisco, California, on February 16; LCS 18 was commissioned March 2 in Charleston, South Carolina. According to a U.S.

22 Feb 2019

U.S. Navy: Construction on USS Canberra

Dave Growden - Director LCS Program - starting rounter for LCS 30 (Photo: Austal USA)

Construction on the future USS Canberra (LCS 30) has began at Austal USA.Dave Growden, LCS Program Director and a 30-year member of Austal USA’s team, pushed the button to start the router that cut the first piece of aluminum, signalling start of construction for the 15th Independence-variant littoral combat ship.LCS 30 will be the second U.S. Navy vessel to bear the name USS Canberra in honor of Australia’s capital city. In 1943, the first USS Canberra joined the U.S. Navy, serving with distinction in the Pacific in World War II…

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