Shipbuilder Austal with the support of seven Queensland businesses has completed a package of repair work on the USS Ashland (LSD-48, pictured) for the US Navy.
The work is the first undertaken by Austal, which does similar work in the United States on the vessels it built for the US Navy, was carried out by a Cairns team led by Austal Cairns’ Simon Pedley.
They worked collaboratively with the US Navy ship project management team, surveyors and the crew of the USS Ashland to perform a number of tasks onboard, from 21st – 31st May 2022.
The work highlights the recently upgraded local capabilities of the Austal Cairns service centre and supply chain partners throughout Queensland, according to the company.
SMEs involved in the work were CCME Marine Engineering & Power Generation, Rosshaven Marine, TCS Shipwrights Cairns, Townsville Cranes, Benchmark Scaffolding, Bullivants Townsville, and CT Freight Cairns.
Austal purchased its Cairns shipyard and Brisbane shipyards from BSE Solutions in December 2020.
It features a 2,500 tonne rail slipway capable of servicing ships up to 100 metres in length and 22 metre beam, and more than 200 metres of fitting out berths including 80 metres of floating wharf space.
The yard supports 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 now building for the government.
Picture: Austal Cairns
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