Austal to acquire additional land, dry dock in Mobile

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From Austal Ltd.:

(MOBILE, Ala.) — Further to its recent announcement regarding the expansion of its Mobile, Ala., facilities to build steel ships, Austal Ltd. has announced the execution of a conditional agreement to purchase additional waterside land and facilities in Mobile. This property and facilities on the Mobile River include a dry dock capable of launching not only its current range of vessels, but heavier steel ships in the future.

On June 22, Austal announced the intention to spend approximately $100 million on building a steel shipbuilding capability co-funded by the United States government, to provide additional capability alongside Austal’s existing aluminium construction operations.

Austal has entered into an agreement with Modern American Recycling and Repair Services of Alabama (MARRS) to acquire over 15 acres of waterfront land, buildings and assets, including an existing dry dock on the MARRS Mobile riverfront property. The acquisition would support Austal USA’s new construction and service strategy by securing launch and deepwater berthing capability in support of future new construction efforts including steel ships, while also giving Austal USA increased service and repair capacity in Mobile.

The acquisition is subject to a number of conditions that are required to be satisfied before completion, which is targeted to occur in the next few weeks. The specific conditions cannot be disclosed, however they are not unusual in transactions of this nature. The acquisition price is under $10 million and will be funded from cash holdings.  

Austal USA is the one of the largest shipbuilders in the United States. The company’s manufacturing facility and headquarters is located on 164 acres of land on the Mobile River. MARRS is located across the river and will increase the ability of Austal USA to expand its aluminium, steel and repair operations in a vital part of the United States that boasts a rich tradition of shipbuilding and repair work.

By Professional Mariner Staff