In an online press briefing with Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Steven Robinson AO on May 3, Australian shipbuilder Austal regional director Dave Shiner said Austal is looking forward to bagging the contract to provide offshore patrol vessels for the Philippine Navy.
“We have growing aspirations to increase the level of technology transfer, and we see further projects over the next few months, which we hope we’ll be in a position to provide some updates now. I’m specifically referring to the offshore patrol vessels program for the Philippine Navy,” Shiner said as quoted by PNA.
Since 2012, Austal has been operating a design and shipbuilding facility in Balamban, Cebu. To date, it has produced 19 vessels to 11 operators in 10 countries.
Its local workforce also expanded to 900 employees from just around 50 staff when it started its operation in the Philippines.
“The geographic location of the Philippines plays an incredibly important part in all of that. We see that being centered to that growth moving forward,” Shiner said.
He added Austal is also committed to the development of the country’s sovereign shipbuilding, designing, and building capabilities.
“We are actively looking at in-service support teams and tools to enable the ongoing support, repairing, and maintenance to all the Philippines agencies, be it Navy or Coast Guard,” he said.