HENDERSON shipbuilder Austal has welcomed the national naval shipbuilding plan, saying it had identified “enormous sustainment opportunities” for the precinct.
Austal chief executive officer David Singleton said the plan complemented the company’s ambitions to make Australia a design and construction centre for the sector.
“Austal is already the global leader in shipbuilding for aluminum and dominates the fast ferry market,” Mr Singleton said.
“There is no reason that we cannot have similar success with naval exports and steel ships.”
He said Austal was already a major partner in the naval shipbuilding endeavour, having delivered all offshore patrol vessels for Border Force and the Royal Australian Navy since 1998.
“This plan identifies enormous sustainment opportunities for the Henderson precinct in line with the projects announced for the Osborne Hub, both of which will provide long-term jobs and sustainable export opportunities,” he said.
Meanwhile, Employment Minister Michaelia Cash visited Austal’s Henderson facilities on Monday to recognise the company’s milestone of employing more than 100 people in its world-renowned naval design team.
Senator Cash toured Austal’s Henderson facilities to see first-hand how Austal is contributing to Australian capability in the shipbuilding industry.