Austal confirmed that construction has officially commenced on Austal USA’s new steel shipbuilding facility, in Mobile, Alabama. Austal hosted a ceremony at the company’s shipyard on Friday, to mark the start of construction of the facility that will provide the capability to meet the increasing demand by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard for steel vessels. Construction on the facility is expected to be complete by April 2022.
As demand for the greater and larger Navy and Coast Guard fleets grows, Austal USA has been investing to meet changing requirements.
In June 2020 Austal announced the intention to spend approximately US$100million on building a steel shipbuilding capability co-funded by the United States Government, to provide additional capability alongside Austal’s existing aluminium construction operations in Alabama.
Austal USA will bring its lean manufacturing processes and facility design to the steel shipbuilding market, having delivered 24 ships to the U.S. Navy in the last nine years, including the Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship and Spearhead-class Expeditionary Fast Transport.
Austal Chief Executive Officer Paddy Gregg said the ground-breaking was a significant milestone in Austal USA’s history and a strategic development in the shipyards capability. “Austal USA’s new steel shipbuilding facility puts us in a prime position to target numerous major steel shipbuilding programs included in the U.S. Navy’s shipbuilding plan. Today’s ground-breaking marks the start of construction of facilities that will enable Austal USA to build the next generation of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guards’ ships.”