June 17, 2005
Austal wins patrol boat order
Australia's Austal Ships has been has been awarded a contract for the design, construction and supply of six 16 meter aluminum monohull boats for the New South Wales Water Police.
This order will add to the previous Austal delivery of two 22 meter and seven 16 meter patrol boats delivered in 2000. As with the previous vessels this order will be built over a period of approximately 10 months.
Austal Chairman John Rothwell commented: "We look forward to the opportunity of working once again with the New South Wales Water Police. With Austal vessels also forming significant parts of the Australian Customs Service and Royal Australian Navy fleets we take pride in knowing our patrol boats are performing such an important role in Australia's marine security network."
The boats have been ordered as part of a four-year upgrade of the Water Police fleet. New South Wales Minister for Police, Carl Scully, said that once the upgrade was complete the Water Police would have a virtually new fleet, with the latest technology and an expanded counter-terrorist capability.
"New South Wales will have the best equipped police fleet in Australia, able to target maritime security, marine crime and search and rescue operations,” he said.
Key features of the Austal patrol boats include:
The first of these vessels is due for delivery in early 2006, with all six expected to be in operation by July. They will be based at water police facilities in Sydney, Coffs Harbor, Port Stephens, Port Botany, Port Kembla and Eden.
The boats will be involved in marine patrols, offshore operations and interdictions, search and rescue, and support of the fleet’s existing vessels designed and built by Austal.