Perth international shipbuilder Austal has delivered the first ship fully built at its shipyard at Vung Tau in Vietnam.
The 94 metre highspeed catamaran ferry, A.P.T. James, was built for the National Infrastructure Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago and will operate the ‘sea bridge’ between the two main islands.
Austal CEO David Singleton said the delivery of the first vessel less than two years after the opening of the new yard was a testament to the skill and determination of the local workforce.
“This is an outstanding development for both Austal Vietnam and the Austal Group as we continue to focus and consolidate our defence and commercial vessel capabilities in strategic locations throughout Australasia.
“Austal Vietnam is now clearly a valuable asset in our commercial vessel shipbuilding network, building upon and complementing the growing capability in the Philippines, while also freeing up capacity in our Australian shipyard for additional defence contracts for the RAN and export markets.”
More than 450 are employed at Vung Tau.
Picture: Austal/A.P.T. James
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