Aulong Shipbuilding has secured contracts, totaling A$20 million ($16.2 million) for four new 42-metre, high-speed, catamaran ferries for Xidao Dazhou Tourism Co Ltd.
Aulong Shipbuilding, a joint venture established in June 2016 between Guangdong Jianglong Shipbuilding Company of Zhuhai, China and Austal Limited, an Australian shipbuilder, was established in June 2016 with the aim of pursuing commercial passenger and non-military vessel opportunities in mainland China.
Austal has licensed a number of its proven, commercial aluminium vessel designs for marketing throughout mainland China and construction at Jianglong Shipbuildings established facilities in Guangdong province.
Announcing the contracts in Australia, Austals chief executive officer, David Singleton, said: This A$20 million order is a great start to 2018, following our record sales in 2017 when we added eight commercial vessel orders worldwide, worth over A$380 million.
Our growing shipbuilding presence in China will also allow Austal to progressively identify and manage quality Chinese suppliers that can enter our global supply chain and so create additional benefits to the company, he added.
The 42-metre aluminium ferries will carry up to 399 passengers each, at speeds in excess of 20 knots and will operate from Xideo, a tourist island off Sanya City, in Hainan Province. Construction of the ferries will commence at Aulongs Zhongshan shipyard in Guandong Province in March 2018, with delivery scheduled for early 2019.