Austal (ASB) confirms that Oman’s National Ferries Company (NFC) has exercised its second year contract option for the maintenance of seven large high speed craft. The extension is part of an initial contract announced on 1 April 2010 for the delivery of vessel maintenance services for NFC’s five high speed ferries and two Oman Coast Guard rescue boats for a period of up to five years.
The contract option is valued at approximately AUD$4 million, with options remaining for an additional three years. The work will be performed by Austal at various regional ports within the Sultanate of Oman, including the capital city, Muscat. Austal was awarded the initial contract following a competitive international tender process. Austal currently has similar vessel maintenance contracts underway in countries including Trinidad and Tobago and Egypt. Austal’s service presence in the Middle East includes hubs for Egypt, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.
Austal is the world leader in the design and construction of customised, high performance aluminium vessels for both commercial and defence applications. With shipyards in Western Australia and the USA (Mobile, Alabama), Austal has delivered more than 200 vessels for customers around the world.
Established in Western Australia in 1988, Austal’s product range includes passenger and vehicle passenger ferries, patrol boats, theatre support vessels, combat ships, multi role vessels and luxury private live aboards. Austal is also an established provider of worldwide vessel maintenance and management services.