Austal has successfully delivered a 30 metre high speed aluminium catamaran for VS Grand Ferries of the Philippines.
The new “MV Seacat” was designed by leading naval architect Incat Crowther and built at Austal’s shipyard in Balamban.
Capable of carrying 300 passengers at speeds up to 25 knots, the $5.5millon vessel met every milestone on time and on budget and is the first locally operated vessel to achieve Pioneer status, the prestigious enhanced safety standard rating in the Philippines.
Commenting on the successful delivery, Austal CEO, David Singleton said:
“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.”
“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,” Mr Singleton concluded.