Austal Philippines, part of Australia-based Austal Group, has opened its new John Rothwell Assembly Bay in its Balamban, Cebu shipyard.
“The John Rothwell Assembly Bay is 120 metres long 41 metres high and 43 metres wide and is where we are building the largest high speed aluminium ferry ever constructed in the Philippines,” Austal Philippines said.
The opening ceremony was attended by Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana, Secretary of Trade and Industry Ramon Lopez, Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia and Balamban Mayor Alex Binghay, Austal Chairman John Rothwell.
“It’s very big. The prospect is good. Now we know that there is a company here like Austal to actually build our ships. We have been waiting for this time that somebody else could build our ships according to our specifications and I think they are qualified to do that,” Secretary Lorenzana said as quoted by PNA.
Austal is eyeing to supply the Philippine Navy’s six offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) to be designed and built in the Philippines.
Austal’s OPV proposal “features an aviation deck enabling helicopter and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) missions.”
“The vessel is arranged with a starboard boat deck and stern well for the safe and rapid launch and recovery of RHIBs. The Austal Philippine Navy OPV is fitted with a mission bay and large aft storage area to facilitate the embarkation of containerised mission modules,” Austal added.