DND eyes Austal Philippines for Navy's 6 brand new OPV's

DND eyes Austal Philippines for Navy's 6 brand new OPV's




The reality of having the proposed six OffShore Patrol Vessels being built by Austal Philippines based in Balamban, Cebu is big.
Department of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Department of Trade and Industry Sec. Ramon Lopez were toured by the shipbuilder’s executives to its  John Rothwell Assembly Bay, 120-meter long, 43-meter wide, and 41-meter high assembly yard situated at the West Cebu Industrial Park.

Lorenzana said the initial contract between the Department of National Defense (DND) and the leading global shipbuilder, Austal Philippines based in this western coastal town here would amount to PHP30-billion for six Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) for the Philippine Navy.

Austal Philippines  opening of its new John Rothwell Assembly Bay, 120-meter long, 43-meter wide, and 41-meter high assembly yard situated at the West Cebu Industrial Park (photo credit to owner)


“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,” Lorenzana as quoted by the Philippine News Agency.
“They also made ships for the US Navy and we must as well use or utilize them instead of outsourcing our shipbuilding aboard,” he said, adding that “if we can do the paper works fast we could be signing the contract by even this year.”
Austal has expressed its interest to build six OPV’s for the Philippine Navy.

“The vessels offered by Austal are a larger variant of the Cape-class patrol vessels used by the Royal Australian Navy and Australian Border Force,” Austal said in a statement.
Austal CEO David Singleton,  also said that if the contract pushes through from the Philippine government it will translate to hundreds of job opportunities for the skilled worker of Cebu.
“So far, we have thousands of people working in this shipyard. If there are government contracts here of course that would expand the number of workers here quite significantly and may even require us to build additional facilities,” Singleton said 





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Report from  PNA

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