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ACI lands facilities expansion project with Australian builder

Ron Amodia | May 17, 2018

Aboitiz Construction has been awarded the design and construction work for the expansion of facilities for Austal Philippines, an integral partner for Australia’s Austal Group in building revolutionary high-speed ships for governments, navies, ferry, and offshore operators around the world.


Following a significant increase to its order book for commercial vessels, the Austal Group has decided to invest in the expansion of Austal Philippines facilities in Balamban, Cebu. 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 positions. 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.

–Mitch Barnett, Austal Philippines project manager.

Once again, a repeat client puts its trust in Aboitiz Construction. As a reliable contractor which upholds integrity, let us not fail them.

-Albert Ignacio, Jr., President & COO, Aboitiz Construction

In 2012, Austal purchased the shipyard, which was originally built by Aboitiz Construction and contracted the latter for its refurbishment. For this latest project, the scope of work includes civil and building works, electrical, and pre-fabrication of steel materials in Balamban, Cebu.

Saturnino Caballero, project manager, will lead a 670-man team dedicated to complete the work in February 2019.