Austal buys land for US shipbuilding expansion

Perth international shipbuilder Austal has bought land in Mobile, Alabama to extend its naval shipyard capacity and capabilities.

The company has bought 15 acres of waterside facilities including a dry dock and deep water berthing capabilities on the Mobile River from Modern American recycling and Repair Services.

The acquisition will support a US$100 million investment by the company, supported by the US government, which will expand its current aluminium warship construction capabilities to include larger, steel-hulled ships.

Austal paid less than US$10 million for the site, which is across the river from Austal’s existing 164 acre facility (pictured).

The company has contracts from the US Navy to build two classes of aluminium multi-hulled vessels, with future contracts likely to be steel monohulls.

Austal is Australia’s largest defence exporter and the world’s biggest aluminum shipbuilder.

It has constructed more than 300 large ships at Henderson in Western Australia, Mobile, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Picture: Austal USA/Mobile

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