Austal receives $39m patrol boat order

The federal government has ordered two additional Guardian-class Patrol Boats from Perth international shipbuilder Austal Australia, valued at approximately $39 million. The 39.5-metre steel-hull patrol boats, to be constructed at Henderson in Western Australia and scheduled for delivery in 2026, are in addition to the 22 Guardian-class Patrol Boats previously ordered by Canberra under the…

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Australian Vanadium receives $14.7 million grant Battery materials company Australian Vanadium has received a milestone payment of $14.7 million from the federal government under the Modern Manufacturing Initiative – Manufacturing Collaboration Stream. The grant provides up to $49 million to support the company’s Australian Vanadium Project to enable new critical mineral production which will support…

Why selling Austal to a foreign bidder ‘beyond explanation’ – by Allen Roberts

Australian Manufacturing Forum member Allen Roberts is incensed that the federal government is comfortable with foreign takeover of our most important sovereign defence manufacturer, shipbuilder Austal, as is @AuManufacturing. Tasked in the Forum with detailing his concerns, minus expletives, Allen reports. Leaving out the expletives, let’s focus on a few obvious strategic points. The government…

Austal, under takeover threat, awarded new $779 million US Navy contract

By Peter Roberts Perth international shipbuilder Austal has been awarded a $779 million (US$516 million) US Navy contract modification for the construction of the lead ship of the T-AGOS (ocean surveillance) programme, T-AGOS 25. The company, the largest Australian owned and controlled prime defence contractor, said the contract modification exercised an option for ordering long…

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Incat in talks to build electric fast ferry Shipbuilder Incat Tasmania has announced a new partnership with European shipping company BrittanyFerries and technology company Wärtsilä to explore design and technical requirements for a 137-metre zero emission ferry. According to a statement on social media: “Incat has a long-standing and successful relationship with both companies. This…