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Breathtaking 102 m yacht design by Misha Merzliakov

January 30, 2013

Australian yacht designer, Misha Merzliakov, has revealed his new 102 m yacht design. The breathtaking 102 m Merzliakov ‘super trimaran yacht’ concept is based on Austal shipyard’s unique trimaran hullform.

Latest 102 m mega yacht concept by Misha Merzliakov

Latest 102 m mega yacht concept by Misha Merzliakov

The trimaran hullform is a proven platform which offers superior seakeeping, greater speed and fuel economy. The advantages of Austal’s innovative trimaran platform have been proven in commercial operation since 2005, and this leading technology is now available for the superyacht industry.

The 102 m Merzliakov mega yacht design was conceived for an owner seeking a unique multihull vessel that is economical to build and able to operate at high speeds.

The 102 m Merzliakov superyacht is capable of operating at up to 39 knots, and the trimaran hullform enables the vessel to operate in higher wave heights and at higher speeds than other high speed craft.

With large outdoor entertaining areas, including an infinity pool on the main deck combined with a spacious interior, the 102 m Merzliakov luxury yacht comfortably accommodates up to 24 guests and a crew of up to 40 people. The superyacht has been designed as a luxurious home away from home, with the owner looking to spend up to six months at a time at sea.

A large array of tenders are hidden away on the main deck, and the 102 m Merzliakov yacht design also allows for room to house a Eurocopter in a forward lift hanger.

Designer Misha Merzliakov commented he is excited to bring this revolutionary hullform to the superyacht market:

“The trimaran platform is ideal for the superyacht owners looking for a vessel that combines speed and comfort.”

“This yacht means business when at speed.”

“I have seen fast yachts in the market before, but to design a superyacht with the trimaran hullform has been exhilarating.”

“I am excited to be able to bring this revolutionary design to the superyacht marketplace.”

Contact details on Misha Merzliakov:

Tel: +61 413 244 469
misha@mishamerzliakov.com

The largest refit project for Horizon Group – 227ft Austal motor yacht SALUZI (ex Tia Moana)

September 07, 2012

The latest and largest project for the Horizon Group‘s Refit Department is the 227ft motor yacht Saluzi (ex Tia Moana), built by the Australian shipyard Austal in 2003. The Taiwan-based company has already worked on the refit of the 161ft megayacht Aurora in 2010 as well as the 130ft luxury yacht Sea Hunter in 2011.

227ft luxury motor yacht Saluzi

227ft Austal luxury motor yacht Saluzi (ex Tia Moana) to be refitted by Horizon Group

The refit of the Saluzi superyacht includes modifying the 37 medium-sized staterooms to 16 spacious staterooms as well as adding Spa Pools, sun pads, teak decking, and custom interior décor to enhance the luxury and comfort found on board. Horizon’s 25 years of experience in luxury yacht manufacturing and advanced build technology ensure that Saluzi will be refitted to her owners’ expectations.

Megayacht Saluzi

Megayacht Saluzi

The 227-foot megayacht Saluzi (ex Tia Moana) is Horizon’s largest refit project to date and is currently docked at the Premier shipyard, which features 656 feet (200 m) of waterfront property and an automatic float on/off launch barge with a 650-ton lifting capacity. The Saluzi project is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.

Luxury yacht Saluzi - rear view

Luxury yacht Saluzi - rear view

Strategic partnership agreement between Marina Barcelona 92 and Austal

September 06, 2012

In order to provide top support services to the superyacht as well as high speed vessel markets, Marina Barcelona 92, the largest shipyard in the Mediterranean specialising in the refit and repair of superyachts and Austal, leading global shipbuilder and defence prime contractor, announce a strategic partnership. As part of this agreement, Austal will start operations in MB’92’s Barcelona facility.

Luxury charter yacht Idol (ex Outback) by Austal

Luxury charter yacht Idol (ex Outback) by Austal

MB’92 and Austal believe the partnership will unlock significant value for both industries. As part of this agreement, Austal will provide naval architecture, engineering, aluminium fabrication, welding, pipe work and consultancy at MB’92.

Henk Dreijer, Commercial Director of MB’92 comments: “This partnership is an important step for MB’92 and forms part of the expansion plan of the shipyard. Austal has extensive naval architecture experience and is a leading builder of aluminium vessels for the private, commercial and defence sectors which will benefit our clients and will strengthen our position in the industry.”

Andrew Bellamy, Chief Executive Officer of Austal comments, “Partnering with MB92 is a significant milestone in the growth of Austal’s Global Support Services Business. MB92 is a market leader with world-class facilities and we are absolutely delighted to be working together as strategic partners.”

Austal´s New Henderson Marine Support Base in Western Australia

May 02, 2012

Austal has officially opened its Marine Support Base in Henderson, Western Australia. The company has thus responded to the increasing request for its marine services as well as facilities.

Austal´s New Henderson Marine Support Base in Western Australia

Austal´s New Henderson Marine Support Base in Western Australia

Located adjacent to Austal’s Henderson shipyard, the Henderson Marine Support Base provides comprehensive refit, repair and maintenance services to private, commercial and defence operators. The site boasts four 90 metre berths, six sheds ranging between 85 and 120 metres in length, workshop and fabrication facilities, 11,200 square metres of hardstand and capacity to lift vessels up 1800 tonnes.

Regional Service Manager Beau McCormack said: “We have unique facilities and extensive in-house capabilities and this is becoming of increasing interest to a market that is highly constrained, especially in the defence and oil and gas sectors.

“The comprehensive nature of our business has also attracted the interest of the resources and oil and gas industries who we work with locally and in the North West of Australia. With our engineering, fabrication, welding and modular manufacturing capability, we have built accommodation units, industrial cooling towers and more,” he added.

The launching of Austal’s existing site as a dedicated Marine Support Base is a continuation of the company’s regionalisation strategy which involves providing local services to local operators. Chief Operating Officer – Systems and Support, Charles McGill said: “We are committed to serving our customers in the region. The Henderson Marine Support Base complements our facilities in Darwin, Singapore and the Philippines, offering a truly comprehensive solution to the defence, commercial, and oil and gas markets within the Asia-Pacific region.”

Austal increases its presence in Europe, Asia-Pacific and Middle East

April 24, 2012

In order to better serve and increase its international customer base, Austal has taken additional steps in implementing its strategy to regionalise its operations. The company has broadened its sales as well as support organisations in the key markets of Europe, Asia-Pacific and Middle East, after the acquisition of its Philippines shipyard last year.

Austal staff at the opening of the new UK office

Austal staff at the opening of the new UK office

Austal Chief Executive Officer Andrew Bellamy said the strategy would provide better service and results for customers. “Austal is a highly customer focussed and by developing our presence in key regions, we are able to spend more time with them,” he said.

“That increased level of client contact will enable us to understand their requirements even better than we have in the past. Ultimately that means we can deliver better results to them, whether that be in the ships we build, the systems we integrate or the in-service support we provide.”

Expanded European presence
Simon Smith, who has been representing Austal for nearly 13 years, has been appointed to the role of Regional Manager for Europe. He and his team are based in a new office in the United Kingdom, which was formally opened by Andrew Bellamy today.

“Austal has had a great success in Europe over the years, particularly in the ferry market, and Simon has been central to those achievements,” Mr Bellamy said.

“Now there are new opportunities including sales and support of boats for the growing offshore wind farm market. That’s an area in which we are now highly competitive through the combination of superior technology and the manufacturing capability provided by the Philippines shipyard.

Mr Bellamy said the company’s European presence had also been expanded with the introduction of a specialist in defence business development.

Guy Johnston has been appointed Regional Sales Manager – Defence for Europe. Guy brings extensive experience from the defence and IT industries, including 18 years within the BAE Systems organisation where he held a number of senior sales and marketing positions.

“We are looking to expand sales to the European naval and paramilitary market,” Mr Bellamy commented. “We feel that is definitely achievable given our success in breaking into the US defence industry and Guy brings the right skills and experience to help us realise that aim.”

Support growth anticipated
Mr Bellamy said Austal also planned to continue the growth of its European vessel support presence which began with the establishment of a Service Centre on the Strait of Gibraltar in May 2010.

“We are growing our footprint in the region meaning that the existing Service Centre in Spain will in the not too distant future be one of many we have in the region,” he said.

“Our goal is to emulate the success we have had in Spain here in the UK. We are also actively reviewing other European locations as enquiries continue to increase.”

Austal’s support business provides marine maintenance, repair and consultancy services to the commercial, defence and private markets.

Singapore office established
Austal has also established a new representative office for the Asia-Pacific region in Singapore.

“With its extensive shipping and maritime interests, and strategic location, Singapore is a natural choice from which to develop business and other ties to the region’s navies and commercial shipping operators,” Andrew Bellamy explained.

“That includes developing our existing support capabilities in response to the US Navy’s plans to rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific including the forward deployment of Littoral Combat Ships in Singapore.”

The office is headed up by Austal’s newly appointed Asia-Pacific Regional Manager, Colin Simpson. Based in the Asia Pacific Region for over 17 years, Mr Simpson has extensive experience and strong connections within the region’s marine, shipbuilding and oil and gas sectors.

New personnel in the Middle East
Austal’s capacity to service the needs of clients in the Middle East has also been expanded through the addition of experienced personnel to the company’s United Arab Emirates office.

Brett Reed has been joined by Cory Zachrisson, and they both work under the guidance of Michael McCourt, who recently took up the position of Vice President – Middle East.

Mr McCourt has previously held senior managerial roles in shipbuilding in South East Asia as well as in procurement and vessel support at Austal’s Head Office in Western Australia.

“During that time Michael was instrumental in establishing the company’s Regional Service Centres in northern Australia, Oman and Trinidad and Tobago,” Mr Bellamy said. “That experience makes him well suited to managing an effective regional office.”

Like Brett, Michael formerly served in the Royal Australian Navy meaning they bring valuable specialist engineering and operational knowledge to discussions with the region’s naval and paramilitary forces.

Both Cory and Brett transferred to the Middle East after each developing strong industry and company knowledge by spending a number of years in sales, project management and ship construction roles in Austal’s Australian operations.

Incat Crowther designed 37.5m motor yacht ZENITH (IC0832) launched

April 20, 2012

The 37.5m motor yacht Zenith (IC0832) was successfully launched on April 15 at the Austal Service Yard in Henderson, Australia. Going through the last finishing work,  Zenith superyacht is a magnificent catamaran, designed by Incat Crowther and built by Sabre Catamarans.

37.5m catamaran yacht Zenith

37.5m catamaran yacht Zenith

The luxury catamaran yacht Zenith offers lovely and comfortable accommodation to 10 guests in 5 amazing cabins, looked after by a crew of 6 professionals.

All-aluminium superyacht Zenith (IC0832) is powered by twin MTU 12V 4000 M90 diesel engines, enabling her to achieve a cruising speed of 25 knots. Her beam is of 10.3m (33´79´´) and her maximum draught of 1.5m (4´92´´). Zenith is Lloyds Register classed.

10 Fabulous Caribbean Luxury Motor Yacht Charters

March 02, 2012

Below is a selection of ten exclusive and unique luxury superyachts available for charter vacations in the Caribbean.

The 77m Luxury Charter Yacht SAMAR by Devonport Yachts

Built by Devonport Yachts of England in 2006, the breathtaking 77m (252 foot)  mega yacht SAMAR offers almost everything that can be offered on a private motor yacht. Luxury superyacht SAMAR is a steel and aluminium built vessel, designed by Laurent Giles, with studio and interior styling by Joe Thome.

Luxury mega yacht SAMAR

Luxury mega yacht SAMAR

Among her best features are a large Spa Pool pool, an open bar, large and spacious deck areas, a side garage, a movie theatre and of course a helipad. For those wanting to explore different Charter Destination for a longer period of time, the yacht is capable of extended global cruising, with a range of 6,000 nautical miles and cold storage provisions for 44 people.  More …

Interior of the beautiful luxury mega yacht SAMAR

Interior of the beautiful luxury mega yacht SAMAR

The 71 m Feadship Mega Yacht UTOPIA

Caribbean charter yacht UTOPIA is a 2004 Feadship built luxury vessel designed by De Voogt Naval Architects, measuring impressive 71 metres in LOA. Elegant and modern interior with touches of the traditional was created by Redman Whitely Dixon in collaboration with the owner’s interior stylist Michael McQuinston.

Feadship motor yacht UTOPIA

Feadship motor yacht UTOPIA

The spectacular mega yacht UTOPIA offers accommodation to 12 charter guests in one Master Suite situated on the middle deck forward with an excellent view, Spa Pool, private owner’s deck forward with seating around. On the lower deck two twin bedded guest staterooms can be found with Pullmans and en-suite bath/head. Main deck, on the other hand, features two equal full-width, king sized VIP staterooms, each with an en-suite tub and a shower. The deck also features a third twin bedded, full-width guest cabin to starboard, with en-suite bathroom and a tub as well as a shower. More …

Feadship superyacht UTOPIA at night

Feadship superyacht UTOPIA at night

The 70.10 m Benetti Luxury Mega Yacht REVERIE

One of the largest yachts built in Italy, luxury charter yacht REVERIE was built by the well known shipyard Benetti Yachts, boasts seven decks and offers almost every conceivable luxury. Mega Yacht REVERIE is a very impressive, exclusive and unique charter yacht available both in the Caribbean as well as the Mediterranean.

Benetti Motor Yacht Reverie

Benetti Motor Yacht Reverie

Reverie’s interior design was created by the English designer John Munford, featuring classic furnishing in dark mahogany and walnut, complimented with Regency and Imperial English style furniture and vaulted ceilings which reveal fresco paintings. Columns, pilasters and capitals with floral design have been widely used, along with an abundance of rare marble. Luxury motor yacht ‘Reverie’ provides sumptuous accommodation for 12 charter guests in 8 cabins. There is an entire deck dedicated to the Owner and his family, with magnificent panoramic cabin and private terrace forward on the upper deck. On the same deck there are two large cabins for children, a studio, a large lounge with games area and conversation area. Each cabin has a private bathroom and dressing room. The guests are accommodated in 4 large cabins on the lower deck, plus a huge, full beam, VIP suite. In the lower deck and in the under lower deck there is a separate accommodation for 28 crew members.

Benetti charter yacht Reverie

Benetti charter yacht Reverie

The 60m Lurssen Motor Yacht ARKLEY

Nominated for the World Superyacht Awards in 2010, the luxury motor yacht ARKLEY is one of the finest yachts to come out of the Lurssen shipyard. Boasting exterior design by Espen Oeino and elegant interior by Mark Berryman, the 60m ARKLEY superyacht is certainly one of the most exquisite charter yachts in the world.

Lurssen charter yacht ARKLEY

Lurssen charter yacht ARKLEY

Arkley offers a great range of amenities and equipment on board, including a huge selection of diving equipment and water toys, including two luxury 7.5 metre tenders, two high performance jet skis, two Sea Bob water scooters and a Laser Sailing Boat. Her sun-bed converts into a stage and there is a professional karaoke equipment. Arkley also prides herself with a very talented chef, who will provide you with exceptional dining experience throughout your voyage.

Motor Yacht Arkley Spa Pool

Motor Yacht Arkley Spa Pool

Accommodation aboard the Caribbean charter yacht Arkley is offered to twelve guests in a full beam Owner’s suite, VIP suite and four double guest suites; two doubles and two twins convertible into doubles. Read more about this exceptional charter yacht …

Superyacht Arkley - Owner Suite

Superyacht Arkley - Owner Suite

The 60 m Benetti charter yacht ST EKATERINA (ex Xanadu)

Another fantastic Benetti vessel is the 60m superyacht St Ekaterina (ex Xanadu) built by the Italian shipyard in 2008. She is one of the most elegant yachts currently available for charter in the Caribbean, boasting beautiful interior design by the celebrated designer Andrew Winch.

Charter Yacht St Ekaterina - Master Stateroom

Charter Yacht St Ekaterina - Master Stateroom

Accommodation provided by the superyacht ST EKATERINA is for up to 12 guests, including a very large and luxurious owner’s suite with the bedroom raised above the lounge and the bathroom on a panoramic deck. Adjacent to the owner’s suite is a small cabin for use by the staff. Below, there is a full beamVIP stateroom, and four spacious double staterooms, all of which have the option to convert to twins. Read more …

Charter Yacht St Ekaterina - Sundeck Forward

Charter Yacht St Ekaterina - Sundeck Forward

The 59.10 m Oceanco superyacht HELIOS

Built by OcaAnco, luxury motor yacht Helios (God of the sun) is a very spacious Caribbean charter yacht, boasting  generous 59.10 metres (193’91”) in length and she has a beam of 10.5 m. Superyacht HELIOS is also one of the better luxury yachts worldwide available for charters in the Mediterranean as well as Caribbean cruising destinations.

Charter Yacht Helios

Charter Yacht Helios

From the glowing Onyx bar to the Spa Pool widescreen television, Helios yacht redefines the boundaries of relaxing and entertaining aboard superyachts. Her striking design and contemporary styling provide unparalleled accommodation and amenities for up to 12 guests. Continue reading about HELIOS …

HELIOS Superyacht - Salon

HELIOS Superyacht - Salon

The 58.80 m Austal luxury superyacht IDOL (ex Outback)

The 2007 launched luxury motor yacht IDOL (ex Outback) is an excellent charter yacht built by Austal, with spacious ‘clean’ and uncluttered contemporary interior, luxury accommodation and a huge array of water sports equipment. IDOL superyacht is available for yacht charter vacations with accommodation for up to 12 guests in 6 cabins. More…

Charter Yacht IDOL (ex OUTBACK) - Lounge

Charter Yacht IDOL (ex OUTBACK) - Lounge

Motor Yacht IDOL (ex OUTBACK) - Dining

Motor Yacht IDOL (ex OUTBACK) - Dining

The 54.20 m luxury motor yacht MARAYA

CRN Yachts built luxury superyacht MARAYA is yet another beautiful charter yacht, ideal for Caribbean as well as Mediterranean charter vacations. Launched in 2008 Maraya yacht is an impressive vessel with almost every possible luxury amenity you could dream of. Her modern and fresh minimal interior was designed by Claude Misser and features elegant curves and strong vertical lines.

Charter Yacht MARAYA - Image Courtesy of CRN

Charter Yacht MARAYA - Image Courtesy of CRN

Luxury charter Yacht Maraya can accommodate up to 12 charter guests in 6 luxurious staterooms. The guests can enjoy a large sun-deck with a bar and a Spa Pool pool along with an internal lift for access. She also offers the latest in technology as well as rich and luxurious comforts expected from such an excellent charter yacht. She boasts an abundance of both internal and external spaces for her guests to escape, relax and fully enjoy their freedom onboard Maraya …

Luxury motor yacht MARAYA

Luxury motor yacht MARAYA

The 49.9 m Luxury superyacht Troyanda (ex High Chaparral) by Feadship

Luxury charter yacht Troyanda (ex High Chaparral) is a 2004 launched 49,9 metre vessel built to perfection by Feadship, with a refit in 2010-2011. Troyanda superyacht’s fresh new look was created by the interior design studio Design and Style Ltd.

Luxury Charter Yacht TROYANDA by Feadship  - Photographer Marc Paris

Luxury Charter Yacht TROYANDA by Feadship - Photographer Marc Paris

Guest accommodation offered aboard luxury charter yacht Troyanda includes five staterooms and a convertible gym, accommodating 10 to 12 guests in luxury and comfort. Her full width master stateroom is on the main deck and features a lounge and a study, as well as  ‘his and hers’ bathrooms and a dressing room.

Motor Yacht Troyanda - Owner Suite - Photo Marc Paris

Motor Yacht Troyanda - Owner Suite - Photo Marc Paris

She also boasts two vast double cabins with dressing rooms and twin cabins, all with en-suite bathrooms. The extra accommodation in the convertible gymnasium has two pullman beds, ideal for security staff, nannies or children. More about Troyanda…

Feadship's luxury charter yacht TROYANDA -Photographer Marc Paris

Feadship's luxury charter yacht TROYANDA -Photographer Marc Paris

The 49.69 m charter yacht Casino Royale by Christensen

Luxury motor yacht Casino Royal is a 49.69 m (163′) vessel constructed by the Christensen shipyard with naval architecture by Christensen and interior design by Carol Williamson & Assoc. Launched in 2008, superyacht Casino Royale is available for luxury yacht charter holidays in the Caribbean as well as in the Mediterranean during the European summer season.

Luxury charter yacht Casino Royale

Luxury charter yacht Casino Royale

Casino Royale yacht sleeps up to twelve guests in 6 staterooms, including a full-width, king-sized master suite located on the main deck. The suite has a study at the entrance, its full width bathroom forward boasts marble and generous central Spa Pool, large multi-jet shower, vanity, plus a heated floor and towel bars.

Inside the Luxury Charter Yacht Casino Royale

Inside the Luxury Charter Yacht Casino Royale

The remaining cabins are located below decks and include a generous VIP Cabin located aft that is also full width of the beam, complete with a Spa Pool and separate shower. There are two King cabins located to port and starboard amidships, and two double cabins with an additional twin bed located to port and starboard forward. Each stateroom has an en suite bathroom and satellite HD TV /DVD/iPod dock. There is a two-drawer refrigerator in guest foyer below. Read more about the Casino Royale yacht …

Casino Royale yacht - Al fresco settee

Casino Royale yacht - Al fresco settee

Caribbean luxury yacht rental

Luxury motor yacht charter vacations around the Caribbean are very popular for those wanting to escape the winter season in Europe and in general, with yacht charterers looking for a destination with great diversity, not only to unwind and relax, but also to enjoy some great entertainment and an excellent cuisine. The Caribbean  is beautiful and warm, has amazing beaches and interesting cultures. The Caribbean is a natural wonderland onshore, but probably most importantly, it has an ocean laden with treasures, from tiny beach ridden coral atolls to substantial mountainous islands exuding rich and colourful cultures. An area which is famous for its beautiful waterways and islands, there is no better way to experience the Caribbean than on a crewed luxury superyacht charter vacation.

Caribbean Underwater World

Caribbean Underwater World

Some of the most popular places to visit whilst on you Caribbean holiday are: Anguilla, St John, Exumas, Cayman Islands, Barbados, St Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua, Tortola, St Martin, Martinique, St. Barts and many more. To read more about the Caribbean follow this link …

To enquire about any of the luxury superyachts and mega yachts above, please contact our charter team for more in depth information.

Philippines shipyard acquired by Austal

November 08, 2011

Austal, the main global shipbuilder and defence prime contractor has acquired the Philippines shipyard as a part of its plan to regionalise its manufacturing base for commercial vessels.

Philippines+Yard

Philippines shipyard

The $7 million acquisition of the former FBMA Marine shipyard enables Austal to establish shipbuilding operations at the West Cebu Industrial Park at Balamban, in the province of Cebu. Austal will invest a further $5 million to enhance the shipyard’s existing facilities.

Austal plans to commence vessel construction in the first quarter of 2012, dependant on orders, and expects to employ about 30 workers during the start-up phase. Future workforce growth is expected in line with market demand, and the site allows for efficient expansion of the facility when future operational and market conditions require.

Austal and FBMA executives at the contract signing ceremony

Austal and FBMA executives at the contract signing ceremony

Austal Chief Executive Officer Andrew Bellamy said the acquisition of the former FBMA shipyard is an important milestone in Austal’s corporate strategy to meet the requirements of key commercial vessel markets by further regionalising its shipbuilding operations.

“Our strategic review earlier this year found that there is strong demand in specific segments of the international commercial vessel market, such as fast crew transfer yachts, work boats and 30 metre to 50 metre ferries,” he said.

“With our Australian and United States manufacturing operations increasingly defence focussed, we identified the need to regionalise our manufacturing base in order to be successful in those commercial vessel markets.”

Austal will primarily construct small and medium sized aluminium passenger ferries, work boats and transfer vessels such as Austal’s Wind Express series of wind farm support vessels at the Philippines shipyard. The shipyard is purpose-designed and built for building aluminium yachts of that size and type and will also have the skilled workforce and facilities to be able to undertake service and maintenance work. Austal is retaining its large commercial yacht manufacturing capability in Australia.

The Philippines shipyard has a history of aluminium yacht fabrication, and has previously delivered medium and high speed ferries, patrol boats and specialist work boats to operators based in Europe, Mexico, Australia and Asia.

Austal’s significant intellectual property in the design and construction of commercial vessels will be utilised at its Philippines operations, which will help ensure that Austal’s quality and performance standards are maintained.

“Our planned infrastructure enhancements combined with the existing pool of skilled local tradespeople and ancillary industries will support the same safe, efficient, high quality production we achieve in our other shipyards,” said Mr Bellamy.

“Austal now has an order book of approximately $1.8 billion, nearly all of it related to defence work and over 80 per cent attributable to our US operations. The new shipyard in the Philippines provides the right foundation to grow that order book further through increased commercial vessel sales,” he said.

The acquisition of the Asian shipyard will have no adverse effects on Austal’s Australian and US operations, with both manufacturing facilities currently under contract for several significant multi-vessel, multi-year defence programs.

Super Yacht AUSTRALIS at the Cannes Boat Show 2010

September 02, 2010

The 48 metre (157’4”) magnificent super yacht AUSTRALIS has been announced to appear for the first time in the Mediterranean at the 2010 Cannes International Boat Show. The Australian Oceanfast built Australis  (ex Oceana) mega yacht is currently offered for sale.

Superyacht Australis to appear at the 2010 Cannes International Boat Show

The vessel is the latest to date in the new Oceanfast semi custom private boat range launched in March 2010. Motoryacht Australis is designed for Owners looking for the highest quality, well engineered and functional yacht. She is very suitable as a private yacht, as well as a charter yacht. Australis is able to accommodate up to 10 guests in 5 luxurious cabins, and has a crew of around 10 professionals to maintain her and sail. The superyacht is known for her spacious interior, featuring exotic furniture and a full width salon.

Oceanfast 48 motor yacht Australis, has large fuel tanks, which enable her to carry 64,000 litres of fuel at one go, with a range of 4000 nautical miles at the average speed of 12 knots. The yacht has a great stability thanks to her active 4 fin stabiliser system. The new Oceanfast motoryacht Australis is Lloyds registered and has a MCA compliant certificate.

Australis superyacht is surely a yacht not to be missed at the 2010 Cannes International Boat Show, which will be held from the 8th September through to the 13th September 2010.

Austal confirms presence at Ausmarine 2010

August 10, 2010

The Western Australian aluminium shipbuilder AUSTAL confirms their presents at the forthcoming AUSMARINE 2010 exhibition in Perth, Australia. Ausmarine will take place from 23rd to 25th November 2010.

Wind express vessels in windfarm - Image credit to Austal

The Western Australian company will use the exhibition to meet with vessel owners and operators from the region, listen to their requirements and then use its significant experience and in-house design capability to develop suggested solutions. Austal also expects the show to provide a welcome opportunity to meet with local and international suppliers.

Of interest to operators in the offshore industry will be Austal’s range of rugged, reliable and efficient work boat platforms, including its recently launched Wind Express series which are specifically tailored to enhance offshore wind farm support operations. As with all Austal vessels, these are designed to offer improved operating economics and safe, productive solutions for their owners.

Baird Publications Chairman Neil Baird said securing the support of an Australian shipbuilding icon was a major boost for the show, which was already shaping as the largest Ausmarine ever.

“Baird has had a strong association with Austal for many years and has watched with interest the growth and success of the company over the past two decades and is in fact, a shareholder in Austal.

“We are very pleased that an industry leader such as Austal has again chosen Ausmarine to showcase its platforms.”

As well as being highly successful in the international market, Austal has also established a strong presence in Australia. On the commercial side, Austal vessels are currently operating in Australia’s ferry, cruise, dive liveaboard, charter yacht and harbour cruise industries. In the government sector, Austal has delivered 40 patrol vessels to the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service as well as the police forces of New South Wales and Queensland.

“We welcome the return of the exhibition to our home turf,” commented Austal’s Chief Operating Officer, Andrew Bellamy. “We hope it will provide additional impetus for many of our past, present and future customers and suppliers to visit Western Australia and gain a firsthand appreciation of our capabilities and product offerings. These range from relatively small passenger vessels and patrol boats right through to large car ferries and naval platforms.”

Along with vessel design and manufacture, Austal has now established itself as a major provider of vessel maintenance and support. With facilities in Fremantle and Darwin, Austal is well placed to provide service and support to operators, particularly those operating offshore vessels and patrol boats in Australia’s northern and western waters.

Austal’s capabilities in this regard were recently demonstrated through refit work on the 82 metre diving support vessel “Nor Australis”. The project involved sending a team of Austal engineers, naval architects and engineers to Karratha in Australia’s North West. Their work successfully reduced noise and vibration onboard the vessel, resulting in improved working conditions for the crew.

Austal is located at stand H103 throughout the Ausmarine exhibition in Australia.