Austal Philippines commenced operations in February 2012 as part of a competitive strategy by Austal to regionalize its manufacturing base for commercial vessels. The shipyard began with 30 employees and now boasts a workforce of over 300. Austal Philippines’ capability to deliver customised commercial vessel solutions includes a powerful and efficient production capacity, a portfolio of proven catamaran and trimaran vessel designs (from 16 metres to 130 metres in length) and an industry leading team of skilled and experienced designers, engineers, shipbuilders and service specialists.
The Austal Philippines shipyard in Balamban, Cebu was acquired in November 2011 and a comprehensive refurbishment program was implemented to establish best-practice facilities enabling production that meets Austal’s high standards of quality and safety. The establishment of Austal Philippines in Balamban has created great value for both its employees and the local community. The shipyard generates increased employment, supports local businesses and generally improves the standard of living for employees and their families. Aside from designing and building aluminium commercial vessels, Austal Philippines also works on modular construction of smaller, integral components for patrol boats contracted by Austal Australia and provides support for both local and international service contracts. These support service projects have seen Austal Philippines employees seconded to Australia, Tahiti, Sweden, Malta and United Kingdom for the service and repair Austal constructed vessels.
Austal Philippines is now Austal Group’s global centre for commercial vessel design, development and construction and is strategically positioned to cater to market demands for high speed ferries, work boats, fast crew transfer boats and other commercial vessels. These achievements are testament to Austal Philippines’ vision of becoming a world class shipyard with sustainable profitability. As Austal celebrates 30 years of shipbuilding in 2018, Austal Philippines’ order book has never been stronger and includes multiple commercial vessel orders for international customers that will see deliveries through to CY 2020 and beyond.