Austal Ships commenced operations in 1988 with a vision to build high quality commercial vessels for the international market. By the company's fifth anniversary, Austal had become the world's leading
manufacturer of 40 metre passenger catamarans and the dominant supplier to Asia.
It was in Hong Kong as early as 1993, that Austal introduced gas turbine propulsion and the first two installations of the Austal developed Ocean Leveller ride control system. The success in Asia and the introduction of a range of sophisticated, large vehicle-carrying fast ferries were the springboard for ongoing growth in Europe, the Mediterranean and the Asia-Pacific.
Today, Austal Ships is one of the world's largest builders of fast ferries and is proud to list amongst its customers many of the world's leading fast ferry and shipping operators.
Austal listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in December 1998 and has diversified its product base through acquisitions of Image Marine and luxury motor yacht builder Oceanfast. Collectively, the Austal group provides one of the most substantial product bases of any shipbuilder worldwide.
- Fast Ferry
- Passenger catamaran