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Austal, the Australian-headquartered global leader specialising in the design, construction and maintenance of high-performance vessels for defence and commercial purposes, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Unithai Shipyard and Engineering, Thailand’s premier shipyard. The MOU strengthens the companies’ cooperation and collaboration in sharing expertise and providing high-quality ship repair services to support defence and commercial vessels operating in the Asia-Pacific region.
Based on the MOU, Unithai Shipyard will be Austal’s preferred repair shipyard for US-owned commercial and defence vessels, such as the United States Navy’s Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) and Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV), that require repairs when operating in the vicinity of Thailand. Austal is currently contracted to build ten 103-metre JHSVs under a US$1.6 billion contract and six 127-metre LCSs, four of which are a part of a 10-ship, US$3.5 billion contract. Austal has already delivered one LCS and one JHSV.
“We recognise that Unithai Shipyard is one of largest integrated ship repair facilities in Southeast Asia, with a world-class reputation based on its commitment to high standards covering health, safety and the environment, timely delivery, superior customer service and innovative solutions,” said Charles McGill, Austal Chief Operating Officer – Service and Systems.
“In particular, it has a track record as one of the region’s leading shipyards specialising in the repair, conversion and maintenance of commercial, defence and auxiliary vessels. We believe Unithai Shipyard provides high quality professional services that can meet the customers’ operating in Thailand expectations.”
“The MOU is not only a significant milestone allowing Unithai Shipyard to step forward and exchange experience and expertise with a globally reputable defence prime contractor and shipbuilder, but it is also essential to promoting the shipyard industry in Thailand ,” Unithai Shipyard’s Managing Director, Teerapon Udomkanjananan said. “Unithai Shipyard is strongly committed to delivering the best-quality service in the entire range of ship repair projects referred by Austal.”
Austal is a global defence prime contractor. The Company designs, constructs and maintains revolutionary platforms such as the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) for the United States Navy, as well as an extensive range of patrol and auxiliary vessels for defence forces and government agencies globally. In addition, Austal also designs, installs, integrates and maintains sophisticated communications, radar and command and control systems.
Austal benefits from its position as a world leader in the design, construction and support of customised, high performance aluminium vessels for the commercial high speed ferry market, an achievement gained over a period of nearly 25 years. Its primary facilities comprise a dedicated defence shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia; a dedicated defence shipyard in Mobile, Alabama; and a dedicated commercial shipyard in Balamban, Philippines. The Company also provides vessel support services from its facilities in Australia, the United States, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Systems development, sales and support are coordinated from Austal’s facility in Canberra, Australia.