Austal Australia has been recognised by the Export Council of Australia with two Western Australian Industry & Export Awards for its strong export success in 2016.
The annual Western Australian Industry and Export Awards recognise excellence in the export of goods and services by WA businesses. This year’s awards were held in Perth on 28th October.
The Australian shipbuilder has won the Western Australian Manufacturing Exports Award and the Marketing and Design Excellence Award for 2016.
Austal Chief Executive Officer David Singleton said the awards reflected Austal’s international competitiveness in the design, construction, delivery and support of revolutionary defence and commercial vessels.
“Our Australian shipyard continues to contribute tremendous value to the WA economy, creating jobs, developing skills and growing Australia’s sovereign shipbuilding capability,” Mr Singleton said.
During FY2016, Austal Australia delivered five new vessels including two 58 metre Cape Class Patrol Boats for the Australian Border Force, two 72 metre High Speed Support Vessels for the Royal Navy of Oman and one 70 metre Large Crew Transfer Vessel for Caspian Marine Services of Azerbaijan.
The company’s order book for next year includes the construction of a 109 metre high-speed vehicle-passenger ferry for Mols Linien of Denmark – scheduled to begin in April – as well as 19 x 40 metre Pacific Patrol Boats for 12 Pacific Island nations.
By securing two 2016 Western Australian Industry and Export Awards, Austal has earned the right to progress to the finals of the 54th Australian Export Awards to be held in Brisbane on the 24 November 2016.
The Australian Export awards will select twelve national category winners from the various state and territory winners, one of whom will receive the 2016 Australian Exporter of the Year title.