David Singleton News

03 Oct 2018

Austal Starts Building Trimaran Ferry for Fred. Olsen

(Image: Austal)

Shipbuilder Austal said it has commenced construction on the first of two 117-meter high-speed passenger trimaran ferries for Fred. Olsen.Developed in Henderson, Western Australia at Austal’s center of excellence in maritime design, the next-generation vessels will be used by Fred. Olsen Express in the Canary Islands, joining their sister ship, The Benchijigua Express.Capable of transferring over 1,100 passengers and 276 cars at speeds up to 38 knots these vessels will feature…

12 Sep 2018

High-speed Catamaran Delivered to VS Grand Ferries

Austal Philippines has delivered Hull 420, a 30-meter high-speed catamaran named MV Seacat, to VS Grand Ferries of the Philippines (Photo: Austal)

Austal Limited has delivered a 30-meter high-speed aluminum catamaran for VS Grand Ferries of the Philippines. The vessel was designed by Incat Crowther and built at Austal’s shipyard in Balamban, Cebu.The new vessel, named MV Seacat, provides capacity for 300 passengers at speeds up to 25 knots. The new ferry is first locally operated vessel to be built to achieve Pioneer status, an enhanced safety standard rating in the Philippines, with the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA).Austal said it secured the A$5.5millon contract to build the vessel in August 2017…

01 May 2018

Austal Delivers LCS 16 to US Navy

USS Tulsa (Photo: Austal)

Shipbuilder Austal has delivered its eighth Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) to the U.S. Navy.The future USS Tulsa (LCS 16) is the second Austal designed and built LCS delivered to the Navy this year and will be the 13th LCS to enter the fleet.Tulsa’s delivery precedes the future USS Manchester (LCS 14) commissioning, which will take place in New Hampshire at the end of May.Five LCS remain under construction at Austal’s Alabama shipyard. Charleston (LCS 18) is preparing for sea trials.

06 Apr 2018

Austal bags $10m US Navy Contract

LITTORAL COMBAT SHIP (LCS) Photo Austal

Austal announced the United States Department of Defense has awarded Austal USA US$10,252,142 for a cost-plus-award fee against a previously awarded Basic Ordering Agreement. The order provides engineering and management services for advanced planning and design in support of the post shakedown availability for Littoral Combat Ship, USS Manchester (LCS14). Austal will provide program management, advanced planning, engineering, design, material kitting and subcontract management. The work will be conducted by Austal USA across the Mobile, Alabama and San Diego, California facilities.

05 Mar 2018

Austal Wins $68m Ferry Contract

Austal Chief Executive Officer David Singleton congratulates JR Kyushu Jet Ferry President, Mr Masayuki Mizuno on the signing of a contract for an 83 metre trimaran (Photo credit Austal)

Following the Memorandum of Understanding of 8 December 2017, Austal has announced the award of a A$68 million contract to design and build an 83 metre trimaran ferry for JR Kyushu Jet Ferry of Japan. Australia’s Ambassador to Japan, The Hon Richard Court AC and Japan’s Consul-General in Perth, Western Australia, Mr Tatsuo Hirayama joined Austal’s Chairman Mr John Rothwell AO and Chief Executive Officer Mr David Singleton for a signing ceremony at the Australian shipyard with JR Kyushu Jet Ferry’s President, Mr Masayuki Mizuno and General Manager, Planning, Mr Hitoshi Ogawa.

09 Feb 2018

Four High Speed Ferries Ordered at Aulong

Four 42-meter ferries will be constructed by Aulong for Xidao Dazhou Tourism Co Ltd of China from March 2018 (Image: Aulong)

Aulong Shipbuilding, a joint venture company between Australian shipbuilder Austal and Guandong Jianglong Shipbuilding of China, has secured contracts for four new high speed ferries. Under the recently awarded A$20 million (US$15.6 million) contracts, Aulong will design and build four 42-meter high speed catamarans for Xidao Dazhou Tourism Co Ltd. Construction will commence from Aulong’s Zhongshan shipyard in Guandong Province in March 2018, with delivery scheduled for early 2019.

20 Nov 2017

Australia to Order Two More Patrol Boats

(Image: Austal)

Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and Timor-Leste Prime Minister, Mari Alkatiri, announced that Timor Leste would take two of Austal’s Guardian Class Pacific Patrol Boats (PPBs). When contracted this will increase the total production quantity to 21 from the 19 already committed. Following on from a visit to Austal’s dedicated patrol boat facility earlier that day, Prime Minister Alkatiri joined Prime Minister Turnbull to make the announcement, heralding a step forward in regional cooperation.

09 Oct 2017

Austal Secures Contract for High-speed Ferries

Two 117m high-speed vehicle passenger ferries to be built by Austal for Fred Olsen S.A. of Spain (Image: Austal)

Austal has announced a milestone contract, valued at €126 million (A$190 million), to design and build two 117 metre high-speed vehicle passenger trimaran ferries for long term customer Fred Olsen S.A. of the Canary Islands, Spain. The aluminium trimarans, designed by Austal Australia, will be the second and third trimarans to be delivered to Fred Olsen S.A. who already operate the world’s first and largest trimaran vehicle passenger ferry, the Benchijigua Express – designed and built by Austal in 2005.

01 Sep 2017

Austal Opens Adelaide Office

L-R: Thomas Sass (Fassmer), Hon Martin Hamilton-Smith - Minister for Defense Industry (SA), David Ridgeway MLC - Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, Vickie Chapman - Deputy Leader of the Opposition, David Singleton (Austal), Senator David Fawcett and Senator Alex Gallagher (Photo: Austal)

Austal Australia has opened its Adelaide office, which will support the design and production for the $3 billion Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) program. Officially welcoming Austal’s expansion into Adelaide were Martin Hamilton-Smith, Minister for Defense Industry (SA), Senator David Fawcett, and several locally based Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that are already a part of Austal’s 1000 plus Australian supply chain. “As Australia’s largest defense exporter, it is only natural for us to have a presence in Australia’s largest naval shipbuilding hub,” said Austal CEO, David Singleton.

31 Aug 2017

Austal Confirms Fjord Line Order for Catamaran Ferry

The 109m high-speed vehicle passenger ferry to be built by Austal for Fjord Line of Norway (Image: Austal)

Austal Limited confirmed a new contract valued at 73 million Euro to design and build a 109 meter high-speed vehicle passenger ferry for Fjord Line of Norway. The all-aluminium catamaran, designed by Austal Australia, will be the eighth large high-speed commercial ferry (over 100 meters in length) 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 Officer, David Singleton.

04 Aug 2017

Aulong Secures Ferry Build Contract

A second high speed passenger ferry contract has been awarded to Aulong Shipbuilding, a joint venture company formed by Austal Limited and Guandong Jianglong Shipbuilding of Zhuhai, China. Aulong has been awarded a A$5.6 million (US$4.4 million) contract to design and build a 35-meter high speed catamaran for Chinese mainland ferry operator, Blue Sea Jet. Announcing the contract in Australia, Austal Chief Executive Officer David Singleton said the company’s strong reputation has again secured export business for Austal’s Australian based design team. “Our Aulong joint venture is a great example of how effective technology transfer is developing our export business, with Austal’s extensive commercial portfolio attracting existing and new customers in mainland China,” Singleton said.

01 Aug 2017

First Pacific Patrol Boat Keel Laid

Minister Pynes’ signature was welded into a plate that was in turn welded into the hull by the Minister, with assistance from one of Austal’s newest Apprentice Fabricators, Ricardo De Oliveira. (Image: Austal)

Austal hosted the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Defense Industry, at the ceremonial keel laying of the first of 19 Pacific Patrol Boat vessels for the Australian Government’s Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (PPB-R) Project. Minister Pyne authenticated the keel by committing his signature to a plate that was subsequently welded and placed in the hull of the vessel. Austal chief executive officer, David Singleton, said the ceremonial keel laying was a significant milestone in the A$306 million (US$245 million) PPB-R Project…

05 Jul 2017

New Catamaran Ferry for South Korea Launched

Photo: Incat Crowther

A newly built 50-meter high-speed catamaran passenger ferry for Seaspovill of South Korea, SeaStar 11, has been launched at Austal Limited’s shipyard in the Philippines. Austal said it was awarded the A$16 million (US$12.1 million) contract to build the Incat Crowther designed catamaran in June 2016, following Seaspovill’s satisfaction with a pre-owned Austal vessel, Seastar 3, constructed in 1998. Incat Crowther said it worked with Seaspovill to develop the design of the vessel, offering improvements over an off-the-shelf production design.

03 Jul 2017

High-speed Ferry Delivered in the Philippines

Saint Camael and Saint Sariel were designed by Incat Crowther and constructed by Austal Philippines (Image: Saint Camael)

A second 30-meter high-speed passenger ferry for the 2Go Group, MV Saint Sariel, has been delivered in the Philippines, shipbuilder Austal Limited announced. Austal was awarded a A$13 million contract for two Incat Crowther designed catamarans in June 2016 and construction of both vessels has been completed at the Austal Philippines shipyard in Balamban, Cebu. Austal chief executive officer, David Singleton, said the two 30 meter vessels built for 2Go highlight the growing demand…

26 Jun 2017

Austal Wins USD 584.2 million US Navy Contract

LCS Class. Photo: Austal

Australian shipbuilder Austal has won a  $584.2 million contract to build a 14th Littoral Combat Ship for the US Navy, Reuters reported. The contract includes associated LCS class services and related material and integrated data environment support, as well as options for the construction of additional LCS, class services and post-delivery availability support, the Pentagon said in a statement. Australian Associated Press added quoting Asutal that  the 127-metre LCS28 will be built at its shipyard in Mobile…

09 Jun 2017

Austal, ASC Partner for Australian Frigate Program

(Photo: ASC Shipbuilding

Australian shipbuilders Austal Limited and ASC Shipbuilding have joined forces for the build of the SEA5000 Future Frigates Program. Under this arrangement, the two say they will collaborate in support of the program, pooling complementary strengths, skills and experience. “The Austal/ASC Shipbuilding teaming arrangement offers a compelling, low risk, Australian shipbuilding solution for each of the three shortlisted international designers; BAE, Fincantieri and Navantia,” Austal CEO, David Singleton said.

01 May 2017

Australia’s New Patrol Boat Named Cape Fourcroy

ADV Cape Fourcroy crew celebrate the naming of the vessel (Photo: Austal)

The Australian Navy’s ninth Cape-class patrol boat was officially named during a ceremony held at the HMAS Stirling naval base in Western Australia. Designed and constructed by Austal, the vessel is the first of two Cape-class patrol boats to be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) under a A$63 million contract, named ADV Cape Fourcroy after the western most tip of Bathurst Island in the Northern Territory. The naming ceremony at HMAS Stirling was attended by Commodore Luke Charles-Jones representing the RAN Fleet Commander…

28 Apr 2017

Austal Starts Building High-speed Ferry for Denmark

Mols Chairman Frantz Palludan and Austal CEO David Singleton at First Plate-Cutting for 'Express 4' at Austal's Shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia (Photo: Austal)

Australian shipbuilder Austal said it has started construction on a 109-meter high-speed catamaran ferry Express 4 for Molslinjen of Denmark, with the first plate-cutting conducted at Austal’s shipyard in Western Australia. Molslinjen Chairman, Frantz Palludan officially initiated the aluminum plate cutting for Austal’s largest commercial ferry project since 2011 and the largest commercial ferry by volume in the company’s 28 year history. Palludan was joined by Soren Jespersen…

09 Mar 2017

Austal Opens New Patrol Boat Building Facility

Image: Austal

Austal has opened a new Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (PPB-R) Shipbuilding Facility in Naval Base, Western Australia. Australian Defense Industry Minister Christopher Pyne cut the red ribbon at the 10,500m² facility in front of defense industry stakeholders, suppliers and partners from across Australia. Austal CEO David Singleton said the PPB-R project is estimated to create up to 207 jobs across production, project management, services and support - from Perth Western Australia to Cairns in Queensland.

27 Feb 2017

Austal HY profit slides

Austal has designed and constructed over 260 vessels over more than 28 years Photo Austal

 Underlying EBIT of $31.2m after excluding arbitration settlement related to 7-year-old claim.  Earnings growth from US shipyard. Lower throughput in Australian shipyard, as anticipated. Austal Limited today reported its results for the six months ended 31 December 2016, with a Net Profit After Tax of $9.3 million. Austal’s financial engine room in the USA, delivered a strong turnaround in earnings, with segment EBIT up 53% on the prior corresponding period (“pcp”) to $41.1 million.

16 Feb 2017

Austal Celebrates Christening Of Future USS Tulsa

Ship’s sponsor, Mrs Kathy Taylor, former Mayor and current Chief of Economic Development for the City of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was joined by Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle and officers from the US Navy for the christening of the future USS Tulsa at Austal USA’s Mobile, Alabama shipyard on 11 February 2017. (Photo: Austal)

Austal Limited has announced that Austal USA has hosted the christening of the future USS Tulsa, the 8th Independence variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) designed and constructed for the United States Navy (USN). Former Mayor of Tulsa and current Chief of Economic Development for the Oklahoma city, Mrs Kathy Taylor formally christened USS Tulsa at a formal ceremony held at Austal USA’s Mobile, Alabama shipyard. In addition to the USS Independence (LCS 2) and Coronado (LCS 4), Austal USA is delivering 11 Independence variant LCS to the USN, under a contract valued at approximately US$4 billion.

16 Dec 2016

Austal Wins FRS Ferry Contract

The 56m high speed catamaran to be built by Austal Philippines for FRS Group is an all new Austal design from the Australian based design team responsible for developing a portfolio of 22 similar-sized vessels. Photo Austal

Austal Limited has secured the company’s sixth new commercial vessel order for 2016, with the award of a €15.47 million (circa A$22 million) contract for a high-speed passenger ferry from Förde Reederei Seetouristik (FRS Group) of Germany. The 56 metre catamaran is a new design from Austal’s Australian based design team, adding to their successful portfolio of designs that has seen more than 22 similar-sized vessels constructed for commercial ferry operators around the world since 2002.

12 Dec 2016

Australia’s New Cape Class Patrol Boat Rolled Out

Austal’s Cape-class patrol boat program for the Royal Australian Navy has directly engaged 348 Australian suppliers and directly employed 350 people over the past 12 months of construction. (Photo: Austal)

Australian shipbuilder Austal has rolled out the ninth Cape class patrol boat for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Designed and constructed by Austal, Hull 380 is the first of two Cape class vessels scheduled to be delivered in 2017. In attendance at the official roll out ceremony, which took place prior to launching at Austal’s Henderson Western Australia shipyard, were Australian Defense Industry Minister Christopher Pyne, Senator Chris Back and Federal Member for Canning, Andrew Hastie, joined by Austal Chief Executive Officer David Singleton and Austal Chairman John Rothwell.

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