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Austal commenced operations in 1988 with a vision to build high quality commercial vessels for the international market. Today, Austal is a world leader in the design and construction of customised aluminium defence and commercial vessels, and is proud to list amongst its customers many of the world’s leading ferry operators and defence forces.

With shipyards in Western Australia and the United States of America (Mobile, Alabama), Austal has delivered more than 220 vessels for customers around the world. Austal’s product range includes passenger and vehicle-passenger ferries, patrol boats, theatre support vessels, combat ships, multi-role vessels and luxury private live-aboards. Austal is also an established provider of worldwide vessel maintenance and management services.

Austal listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in December 1998 and has diversified its product base through the acquisitions of Western Australian shipbuilding companies Image Marine and Oceanfast, and Canberra-based Australian Technology Information. Austal’s USA shipyard was established in late 1999, and is now one of the largest employers in the Mobile area.

The Company also provides vessel support services from its facilities in the United States, Australia, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.

Austal's success in aluminium ship building is based on:

  • In-house design offering customisation and flexibility
  • High quality technologically advanced and market proven product
  • Diversified product range
  • Focus on meeting agreed customer requirements
  • Productive, skilled and stable workforce
  • On-time and on-budget delivery
  • Financial strength and sound management
  • Price competitive

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