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Another Year For Austal

Posted on July 19, 2011

Austal has received a third-year contract option for the maintenance of five large high-speed craft for Oman’s National Ferries Co. (NFC).The extension is part of an initial contract announced in 2010 for the delivery of vessel maintenance services for NFC’s fleet of high-speed ferries and two Royal Omani Police Coast Guard rescue boats for a period of up to five years under the Vessel Maintenance Service Agreement. The third-year contract covers the period from Aug. 1 to July 31, 2012.

The NFC contract includes the performance of scheduled and unscheduled maintenance for the five vessels, two of which are Austal-built 65 m high-speed vehicle ferries Shinas and Hormuz, which were delivered to the Sultanate of Oman in 2008.

“Having built over 220 vessels for defense and commercial operators worldwide, including 20 vessels currently operating in the Middle East, we have developed good relationships with many operators throughout the region and, in June 2011, opened a regional sales office in the United Arab Emirates,” said Austal Chief Executive Officer Andrew Bellamy.

The NFC maintenance contract will be performed at Austal’s Middle East Service Centre in Muscat, Oman, which has been in operation since August 2008.

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