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Austal bags $34m order for fast crew boat

Austal bags $34m order for fast crew boat
Austal has clinched a deal to construct one 70-metre fast crew boat for Caspian Marine Services of Azerbaijan.

The newbuilding contract is valued at approximately $34m, Austal announced on Tuesday.

The 150-passenger catamaran will be jointly built in Austal’s Philippines and Henderson shipyards with delivery expected in Australia in the third quarter of 2016.

“The award reinforces Austal’s continuing leadership in high speed aluminium vessel construction and is a great opportunity to further mature the integration of our supply chain between our Philippines and Henderson operations,” said Andrew Bellamy, ceo of Austal.

Caspian Marine Services operates a fleet of OSVs operating in the Caspian Sea. The 70-metre fast crew boat will help to transport crew and cargo to offshore platforms, operated by State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (Socar) and BP.

Austal’s latest order win builds on the award of two 45-metre crew transfer vessels for the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), currently under construction in Austal’s Philippines shipyard.