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July 2, 200

Another New York order for Austal
Austal USA, Mobile, Alabama, has signed a contract with Cloud Nine of New York to construct a 41 m (135 ft) dinner cruise monohull for operation in the Manhattan-Queens area.

This is the second sale by Austal USA to the New York market this year and will further showcase the company’s ability to deliver a high quality, customized product.

Austal’s managing director, Bob McKinnon said the sale of the new monohull is a strong indication of the immediate success of Austal USA in delivering vessels to the U.S. domestic market.

“We are very pleased to see that orders for Austal USA are progressing well,” McKinnon said.“There is certainly a very active market for this type of vessel and our U.S. yard is well placed to deliver them.”

New York based Cloud Nine specializes in offering private, luxury dinner cruises for social and corporate groups and has developed a large base of repeat customers. It currently operates a 29 m (95 ft) dinner cruise monohull. The larger Austal USA vessel, due for delivery to New York during April 2003, will enable Cloud Nine to cater for larger groups.

The new vessel will operate at a service speed of 16 knots offering Cloud Nine's trademark "New York Skyline Tours" departing from Queens (near the Shea Stadium) or Manhattan (at East 23rd St).

The cruises typically operate for a period of four hours and incorporate the East River and part of the Hudson River. One of the main highlights is a close run by the Statue of Liberty. New itineraries are also planned with the new vessel.

Capable of accommodating up to 149 guests, the aluminium monohull will be particularly suited to private and corporate functions and will feature a large galley for full on-board catering, two bars, dance floors and a bridal suite for the very popular wedding functions held on board.

PRINCIPAL PARTICULARS

Length Overall: 41.1 m
Length Waterline: 36.0 m
Beam (moulded): 9.15 m
Hull Depth (moulded): 3.5 m
Maximum Draft: 2.2 m
Passengers: 149
Crew: 12
Propulsion
Engines: 2 x Cummins KTA 38 - M0
Gearboxes: 2 x Twin Disc/ZF
Propellers: 2 x Fixed Pitch
Gensets: 2 x Cummins 6CTA8.3-D
Speed (@70% MCR): 16 knots
Fuel consumption: 300 L/hr

MILITARY MARKET NEXT?
Austal USA’s current order book includes a 34 m dinner cruise vessel for Island Queen Cruises of Miami, Florida and a 26 m passenger catamaran for Lighthouse Fast Ferry of New York.

The Mobile, Alabama shipyard continues to build to capacity with future U.S. military opportunities a firm objective. Its Australian parent, Austal Ships, meantime, is also expanding its presence in the military market.

Australia's defense minister, Senator Robert Hill, today announced that Austal Ships, in conjunction with joint tender partner, Defence Maritime Services (DMS), has been short-listed to design, construct and provide through-life service for the Royal Australian Navy’s new patrol boats, due to replace the existing Fremantle class patrol boats.

If ultimately successful, Austal’s role in the SEA 1444 project will be the design and construction of the patrol boats, while DMS will provide logistic and maintenance support through the operational life of the vessels, in addition to training of naval crews.

Austal MD Bob McKinnon, said Austal’s inclusion on the short-list was a reflection of the company’s worldwide success with both commercial and military vessels.

“With Defence Maritime Services we have proven skills, knowledge and experience to deliver a patrol and surveillance solution to the Royal Australian Navy,” McKinnon said.

Chairman of DMS and managing director of P&O Maritime Services, Ross Brewer said DMS has an existing infrastructure in place that supports the maintenance of a wide range of Naval and DMS craft.

This was established following the success P&O Maritime Services and Serco achieved in winning a ten year contract to provide Port Services and Support Craft to the RAN.

“We are able to offer a low risk, proven solution for the through life logistic and maintenance support of the replacement Patrol Boats,” Brewer said.

In 1999, Austal built eight Bay Class patrol vessels for Australian Customs through a contract completed six months ahead of schedule and under budget. The vessels provide the Australian Customs Service with a highly effective maritime interdiction tool.

Austal recently achieved an Australian first in delivering a high speed Theater Support Vessel to the U.S. Military Sealift Command for use by the United States Marine Corps.

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