PaintSquare.com


The First Word in Protective & Marine Coatings

A Product of Technology Publishing / PaintSquare
JPCL | PaintSquare News | Durability + Design | Paint BidTracker

Marine Industry Coating Systems: Selecting and Sourcing

Paint and Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


Austal Lands New Navy Ship Contract

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

More items for Program/Project Management

Comment | More

Corrosion problems on a brand-new Navy combat vessel have not kept Austal USA from signing a new $313 million shipbuilding deal with the service.

One week after Austal agreed to work with the Navy to resolve “aggressive corrosion” that has plagued its first Littoral Combat Ship, the company announced that the Navy had exercised a contract option to award it construction of two new Joint High Speed Vessels.

Contract: 10 Ships, $1.6B

The new vessels will be the sixth and seventh in the 10-ship JHSV series—a contract worth more than $1.6 billion overall to Austal USA, a subsidiary of Australian shipbuilding defense contractor Austal.

 Austal USA

 Austal

Austal USA is building both Joint High Speed Vessels (left bay) and Littoral Combat Ships (right bay) for the U.S. Navy.

The current 10-ship LCS deal is worth $3.6 billion.

As prime contractor, Austal was awarded the construction contract for the first 103-meter JHSV in November 2008, with options for nine additional vessels between FY09 and FY13. The contract team includes General Dynamics, with whom Austal has been building the troubled LCS class.

With options remaining for the JHSV series’ last three vessels, Austal USA will reap $347.3 million annually from that program from 2012 to 2015, the company said.

Austal USA’s President and Chief Operating Officer Joe Rella credited the growth of the company’s Mobile, AL, shipyard for the new contract. Mobile’s largest employer, the shipyard now employs nearly 4,000 people.

“Without the support and vision of our Australian headquarters, this facility would not have been able to offer the modern fabrication facilities that give the Navy the confidence to let us build the JHSV, a key contributor to the fleet of tomorrow,” Rella said in a prepared statement.

Program Underway

The JHVS program is already well underway; the Spearhead, the first ship in the series, is to be launched in August and delivered in December. Construction on the Vigilant (JHVS 2) began in September.

 Construction on the JHSV series
Construction on the JHSV series has been underway since December 2009.

The Navy green-lighted construction on the Spearhead (JHSV 1) in December 2009 after Austal completed the design in a 12-month period.

LCS Problems

Austal is currently working with the Navy to devise a solution to aggressive galvanic corrosion that is damaging the propulsion areas of the first $432 million, aluminum Independence-variant vessel.

The corrosion was spotted before the ship was delivered to the Navy, but the problem was made public only recently.

Austal Chief Executive Andrew Bellamy initially said that the company was not responsible for the problem, which he dismissed as a “storm in a teapot.” Bellamy blamed the problem on poor maintenance or improper operation of the ship.

Just two days later, however, Austal released another statement, saying it would work with the Navy on the problem. “Doubler plates” will be installed in the damaged areas of the Independence LCS-1 as a short-term fix, then the vessel will be dry-docked next year to have a cathodic protection system installed.

The rest of the ships in the LCS class will also get cathodic protection systems, Austal now says.

   

Tagged categories: Aluminum; Cathodic protection; Corrosion; Corrosion protection; Marine; U.S. Navy

Comment from George McCormic, (7/6/2011, 6:55 AM)

It is good to see that the ship's are being built in the USA but hard to swallow being built by another country. Can not our shipbuilders be competitive.


Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (7/6/2011, 8:25 AM)

"poor maintenance" indeed - since they were corroding before delivery we can readily blame Austal for current corrosion issues. $432,000,000 for a ship and Austal can't be bothered to design it to last. The wonders of outsourcing design and "design-build" approaches.


Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Minerals Research & Recovery

HIGH PERFORMANCE ABRASIVES


“Made in the USA!”

Why recycle waste from other countries? Go FASTER, CLEANER, at 1/3 THE COST with MR&R “All-American” Sharpshot®HP!!

WATCH THE VIDEO


SAFE Systems, Inc.
Enduroguard -
The Tough Cable
for a Tough Industry.

Reduce maintenance costs and down time, increase job site safety with Enduroguard Cable. Available exclusively from SAFE Systems. UL listed, flexible, abrasion resistant and cut resistant.


U.S. Zinc

The proven corrosion protection properties of our zinc dust prolong the life of marine coatings. U.S. Zinc – Helping the world work™


Termarust Technologies
Termarust (HR CSA) Chemically Stops
Active Corrosion

Hydro Utility Penstock Overcoated in 1997. Was power washed and overcoated with major cost saving. No environmental impact with Termarust's low LC50 of 41,007 ppm.


Advanced Recycling Systems
ADVANCED RECYCLING SYSTEMS (ARS)

Recycling Machines, Dust Collectors, Rapid Deployment units are time-tested and approved for the rugged industrial environment. Contact ARS today!
(330)536-8210


Spider, a Division of SafeWorks, LLC
Spider Solutions Catalog

The industry’s only 280-page catalog resource includes:
• in-depth product info
• 21 case studies
• safety & inspection
  checklists
• codes & regulations
Click to request a copy!


DeHumidification Technologies
HUMIDITY PROBLEMS?

DH Tech has the most innovative and reliable equipment available to
control humidity efficiently
and effectively.
IT'S UNDER CONTROL!

 
 
 
Technology Publishing

The Technology Publishing Network

The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) PaintSquare
Durability + Design Paint BidTracker JPCL Europe

 
EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us
 

© Copyright 2000-2014, Technology Publishing / PaintSquare, All rights reserved
2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951; Tel 1-412-431-8300; Fax 1-412-431-5428; E-mail webmaster@paintsquare.com