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AUSTAL COMPLETES HIGH SPEED CAT FOR TAIWAN

Monday, March 18, 2019 

Western Australia-based shipbuilder Austal has delivered a 50m high-speed catamaran from its Philippines yard to Brave Line under the company’s first commercial contract award to a Taiwan enterprise.

The catamaran is the first of two 550 passenger Austal-designed vessels being constructed at the company’s shipyard in Balamban, Cebu. The contract was awarded to Austal by Taiwan’s Brave Line in September 2017. The vessels include an optimised hull form for improved fuel efficiency and passenger comfort.

Austal CEO David Singleton said the Austal Philippines team was continuing to demonstrate its capabilities of successfully combining Austal’s industry-leading intellectual property and maritime technology expertise with high quality and efficient local production to provide customer focused solutions. “This vessel further demonstrates how Austal Philippines has established itself as a trusted and successful shipyard that produces high quality vessels for the worldwide market.”

Singleton said: “Following its establishment in 2012, we have recently trebled construction capacity at the shipyard to provide the capability to build the largest ferries in Austal’s portfolio and play a leading role in this sovereign industrial capability development for the Philippines. Our Philippines shipyard now employs more than 800 highly skilled local employees in a broad range of professional, technical and trade roles.  Austal Philippines has been responsible for developing the local SME industry and supply chain whilst also collaborating with local universities and educational establishments to truly develop a sovereign industrial capability for the Philippines.

“I believe the development of Austal Philippines into a highly capable, efficient and next generation shipyard is a true testament to the dedication and hard work of the local Austal team.”

Upgrades to the Philippines shipyard largely undertaken in 2018 have included construction of a new assembly hall measuring 120m long, 40m wide and 42m high. This enables Austal Philippines to build large ferries including a next generation 109m high speed catamaran for Fjord Line of Norway, currently under construction. 
Austal’s continued investment in the Philippines is a direct result from the increasing efficiency and high quality production of the vessels being produced.
Upgrades to the Philippines shipyard largely undertaken in 2018 have included construction of a new assembly hall measuring 120m long, 40m wide and 42m high. This enables Austal Philippines to build large ferries including a next generation 109m high speed catamaran for Fjord Line of Norway, currently under construction. Austal’s continued investment in the Philippines is a direct result from the increasing efficiency and high quality production of the vessels being produced.

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