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Thursday, September 20, 2018 

Austal has delivered a 30m high speed aluminium catamaran to the Philippines-based VS Grand Ferries. The Incat Crowther designed Seacat was built at Austalís shipyard in Balamban, Cebu and has capacity to ferry 300 passengers at speeds up to 25 knots. This A$5.5millon contract was awarded to Austal in August 2017 with construction starting September 2017.

“Austal Philippines has developed into an established and very successful shipyard that has produced high quality vessels for the worldwide market since 2012. Austal has been proud to be leading this sovereign industrial capability development for the Philippines,” said Austal CEO, David Singleton.

“Our Philippines facilities employs more than 500 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.”

In the last two years Austal Philippines has delivered six high-speed commercial vessels at increasing rates of efficiency whilst maintaining Austal’s standard for excellence.

Austal Philippines is currently constructing modules for a 109m next generation high-speed catamaran for Fjord Line of Norway, the largest aluminium passenger ferry to be built in the Philippines.

The vessel will be completed in a brand new purpose-built 120m long assembly facility, Austal’s largest outside of the USA. The new facilities are under construction and on track to be completed in early 2019.

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