Austal USA Earns Shipyard Manufacturing Safety Awards

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Austal’s hard-earned workplace safety record has been recognized, yet again, by the SCA with both the 2015 Award for Excellence in Safety and the 2015 Award for Improvement in Safety.

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Austal USA remains one of the safest shipyards in the country the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) announced Mar. 7.

Austal’s hard-earned workplace safety record has been recognized, yet again, by the SCA with both the 2015 Award for Excellence in Safety and the 2015 Award for Improvement in Safety –the company’s total recorded incident rate (TRIR) in 2015 was 44% lower than the rate in 2014 and 52% lower than the industry average.

“Austal’s award-winning safety record is evidence of their steadfast commitment to the absolute safety of the company’s employees and SCA is proud to have them as a member shipyard.” SCA President Matthew Paxton said.

Austal has won either the Award for Excellence in Safety or the Award for Improvement in Safety nine times since 2008. This is the second time Austal has received both awards at once.

“These awards are a testament to the number one priority at Austal USA – worker safety,” Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle said. “It’s wonderful being part of a team, not only focused on building the best ships in the world, but on being safe while doing it.”

Perciavalle continued, “Austal’s exceptional safety record allows us to attract and maintain a superior workforce, as well as provide our client, the U.S. Navy, with the most efficient and cost-effective shipbuilding operation possible.”

SCA members constitute the shipyard industrial base that builds, repairs, maintains and modernizes U.S. Navy ships and craft, U.S. Coast Guard vessels of all sizes, as well as vessels for other U.S. government agencies. The SCA represents 39 companies that own and operate over 85 shipyard facilities, with facilities on all three U.S. coasts, the Great Lakes, the inland waterways system, Alaska and Hawaii. In 17 of the last 18 years, SCA’s average TRIR has been more than 20% below the industry average. The safety data Austal provided to SCA contributed to one of SCA’s lowest TRIR averages ever.

Austal is currently under contract with the U.S. Navy to build 10 Expeditionary Fast Transport vessels under a 10-ship, $1.6 billion block buy contract and 11 Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ships which are part of a contract worth over $3.5 billion.

About Austal

Austal is a global defense prime contractor and a designer and manufacturer of defense and commercial ships. For more than 25 years, Austal has been a leader in the design, construction and maintenance of revolutionary ships for governments, navies and ferry operators around the world. More than 250 vessels have been delivered in that time.

Ships

Defense vessels designed and built by Austal include multi-mission combatants, such as the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) for the United States Navy and military high speed vessels for transport and humanitarian relief, such as the Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel (EPF) for the United States Navy and High Speed Support Vessel (HSSV) for the Royal Navy of Oman. Austal also designs, constructs, integrates and maintains an extensive range of patrol and auxiliary vessels for government agencies globally, including the Cape Class Patrol Boat Program for Australian Customs and Border Protection. Defense vessels are designed and constructed in Mobile, Alabama and in Henderson, Western Australia.

Austal has been at the forefront of the high speed ferry market since the early days of the industry. Our market leading designs of high performance aluminum vessels have long been at the heart of Austal’s research and development. Today, commercial ship construction is centered on our shipyard in Balamban, Philippines.

Systems

Austal has expertise in integrating complex systems into its ships, including ride control, ship management, and communication, sensors and weapon systems.

Support

Austal provides a wide range of support services, including through life support, integrated logistics support, vessel sustainment and systems support. These services are delivered through our global support network in the USA, Australia, Asia, and the Middle East together with partner shipyards worldwide.

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