Austal, Unithai sign MoU on US ship repairs
Austal, an Australian-headquartered global specialist in the design, construction and maintenance of high-performance vessels for military and commercial purposes, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Unithai Shipyard and Engineering.
The MoU strengthens the companies' cooperation and collaboration in sharing expertise and providing high-quality ship-repair services to vessels operating in the Asia-Pacific region.
Based on the MoU, Unithai Shipyard will be Austal's preferred repair yard for US-owned commercial and military vessels, such as the US Navy's littoral combat ships and joint high-speed vessels, that require repairs when operating in the vicinity of Thailand.
Austal is currently contracted to build 10 103-metre JHSVs under a US$1.6-billion (Bt47-billion) contract and six 127-metre LCSs, four of which are a part of a 10-ship, $3.5-billion contract. Austal has already delivered one LCS and one JHSV.
"In particular, it has a track record as one of the region's leading shipyards specialising in the repair, conversion and maintenance of commercial, defence and auxiliary vessels. We believe Unithai Shipyard provides high-quality professional services that can meet the customers' operating in Thailand expectations."
Unithai Shipyard managing director Teerapon Udomkanjananan said: "The MoU is not only a significant milestone allowing Unithai Shipyard to step forward and exchange experience and expertise with a globally reputable defence prime contractor and shipbuilder, but it is also essential to promoting the shipyard industry in Thailand.
"Unithai Shipyard is strongly committed to delivering the best-quality service in the entire range of ship-repair projects referred by Austal."