Aboitiz Construction Inc., a unit of the Aboitiz Group., recently received the award to design and build the expansion of the shipbuilding facilities of Austal Philippines Pty. Ltd. of Australia in Balamban, Cebu province.
ACI said in statement the scope of the project involved the civil and building works, electrical and pre-fabrication of steel materials to more than double the shipyard’s capacity.
ACI has formed a 670-man team to complete the project by February next year.
Austal Philippines is an integral partner of the Austal Group in building revolutionary high-speed ships for governments, navies and ferry and offshore operators around the world.
“This expansion will more than double the capability of the shipyard in terms of output and size of vessels it can manufacture. It will also generate hundreds of additional employment,” said Austal Philippines project manager Mitch Barnett.
“With the rapid growth of Austal Philippines reputation and confidence from clients around the world, it is expected that the Philippines will become Austal’s center of excellence for commercial vessel manufacturing. Aboitiz Construction is playing a key role in helping us achieve this,” he said.
Austal in 2012 bought the shipyard and contracted ACI to refurbish it.
“Once again, a repeat client has placed its trust in Aboitiz Construction. As a reliable contractor that upholds integrity, we will not fail them,” said ACI president and chief operating officer Alberto Ignacio Jr.
ACI is one of the most reliable and respected industrial contractors in the Philippines with a wide range of experience in major engineering an construction projects. It is capable of doing work from conceptualization to execution and commissioning, from earth moving to marine structures, petrochemical to world-class resorts and from warehouses to office buildings.