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IMS, Austal Ink Manning Agreement

Australian based ship delivery and crew management company International Maritime Services (IMS) has announced it has entered into a 3-year Frame Agreement with Austal Australia as the exclusive service provider of specialist Captains, Engineers and Crew for launching, commissioning, sea trials and training.The contract ensures employment for at least eight Australian crew to operate some of the most advanced ships in the world during their test and trials programs. Thanks to Austal’s healthy order book, the agreement encompasses another 20 Guardian Class patrol vessels of the Pacific Patrol

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Austal USA Earns Shipbuilding Safety Award

Austal USA received the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) Excellence in Safety award during SCA’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.SCA, the national association representing the U.S. shipyard industry, honors companies with annual safety awards for enhancement of operations and promotion of safety and accident prevention. Austal USA is one of 19 SCA member companies to receive awards for continued advancement of employee safety in the shipyard industry this year.“Shipyards are complex work environments and safety of employees is critical,” said Matthew Paxton, President of the

Hon Warren Entsch MP, Member for Leichardt joined Austal’s Vice President, Defense RADM (Retd) Davyd Thomas AO CSC to open Austal’s office in Cairns Queensland 10th July 2017. (Photo: Austal)

Austal Opens Cairns Office

Austal Australia was joined by Warren Entsch, Federal Member for Leichardt, to officially open its vessel sustainment office in Cairns, the latest effort in the expansion of Austal’s national footprint.   The shipbuilder said its new Cairns sustainment facilities will employ nearly 30 people to support the Austal-built Cape Class fleet for the Australian Border Force and the Royal Australian Navy and the future Pacific Patrol Boats (PPB) that Austal is currently building for the Australian Government.   Austal’s Vice President Defence, Davyd Thomas AO CSC, who was in Cairns

Austal USA Earns SCA Safety Award

Austal USA was recognized again as one of the safest shipyards in the country by the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) at their quarterly meeting in mid-May. Austal received the SCA’s  Award for Excellence in Safety - the company’s total recorded incident rate (TRIR) in 2016 was 56 percent lower than the industry average. “This amazing accomplishment is the culmination of years of Austal’s dedication to the safety and health of their workers and SCA is proud to have them as a member shipyard.” SCA President Matthew Paxton said. Austal is a 10-time SCA

Jan Flores (Photo: NETSCo)

Flores Named VP at NETSCo

surveyor with extensive experience in code, rule and regulation compliance in both design and implementation phases. Trish was also part of DNV-GL where she held positions of senior engineer and surveyor for offshore vessel systems and drilling materials and components, as well as field engineer for Austal Shipbuilding for the LCS class ships focused primarily on propulsion system installation and operations.   “Trish McIntyre is a name that many people in the maritime industry are familiar with due to her professionalism and extensive experience in a variety of areas in the maritime industry

USNS Fall River (JHSV 4)  (Photo credit: U.S. Navy)

Austal Stops Shares Trading

 Review of U.S. Ops Reportedly Underway The West Australian reported that Austal halted its shares from trading, and reportedly is in the process of reviewing its U.S. operation, Austal USA. Austal USA is best known for it construction of vessels for the U.S. Navy, and late last year the parent company’s price took a hit amidst reports of difficulties with the Littoral Combat Ship program. As recently as two days ago (June 28, 2016), a ceremony was hosted at the U.S. facility in Mobile, Alabama to celebrate the keel authentication of the U.S. Navy's future USS Charleston (LCS 18), the

Peter White (Photo: Freeman Marine)

Freeman Marine Hires Operations Manager

the business. His experience and manufacturing insight will significantly impact our ability to manufacture, deliver and innovate our offering.”    A graduate in mechanical engineering, White has worked in managerial/leadership positions at renowned marine and shipping companies such as Austal, Palmer Johnson Yachts, Derecktor Shipyards and Broward Marine.    Joining White in his new endeavor is wife Sue White who has been appointed as the new purchasing manager. She has also worked in the marine industry for many years in various office management and purchasing roles overseeing

Jason Steward (Image courtesy of BMT Nigel Gee)

Steward to Lead BMT Nigel Gee Business Development

design and engineering services within the commercial, offshore energy, defense and yacht sectors, BMT said.   Steward, a University of New South Wales graduate in naval architecture, has more than 20 years’ experience in the marine market, with previous roles including regional manager for Austal Ships, consultant to defense at professional technical services firm Jacobs Australia and most recently business development manager at BMT Design & Technology based in Melbourne, Australia. Steward is a Chartered Professional Engineer (CEng MRINA), a member of the Professional Affairs Committee

Construction has commenced on the first new Metal Shark 75' Endurance-class catamaran at the company's new shipyard in Franklin, Louisiana. (Photo courtesy of Metal Shark)

Metal Shark’s New Yard Now Operational

. Among its more notable contracts, the company has produced seven classes of vessels for the U.S. Coast Guard and nine classes of vessels for the U.S. Navy. To spearhead its efforts in commercial and offshore markets, the company recently hired marine industry veteran Carl Wegener, previously of Austal USA and Kvichack Marine, as its director of commercial sales. Wegener will be responsible for developing the company’s relationships with operators in the passenger ferry, fast crew, utility, entertainment  and pilot boat markets. metalsharkboats.com  

Navy Cuts One Littoral Combat Ship in 2015

 U.S. Navy Aims To Smooth Impact Of Fiscal 2015 Cut To Ship Orders   Add to Collection(Oil)|Print Download:Plain TextXMLAll         WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy hopes to smooth out the impact on Lockheed Martin Corp and Australia's Austal of a budget-driven decision to order three Littoral Combat Ships instead of four in fiscal year 2015, the Navy's top weapons buyer said on Thursday.   The Navy had planned to buy two of each of the different small warships built by Lockheed and Austal in fiscal 2015 and 2016, but it scaled back those

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