Shipping and Logistics

Austal USA Wins Another Steel Contract with the US Navy

Written by Laura Miller


Austal USA has won another contract with the US Navy. This latest design and construction contract is valued at $128 million.

Austal will build a medium auxiliary floating dry dock for the US Navy at its shipbuilding facility in Mobile, Ala. The dry dock will have an overall length of 694 feet, an overall pontoon breadth of 157 feet, and a height of 65 feet from baseline to wing deck.

Austal 2

Austal opened its new steel manufacturing line in Mobile in April this year.

The company’s first steel contract with the US Navy – a $145 million contract for two towing, salvage, and rescue ships – was awarded last year. SSAB Americas, whose 1.25-million-tons-per-year plate manufacturing facility is located in nearby Axis, Ala., was previously announced as the supplier of the steel for the shipbuilding project.

By Laura Miller, Laura@SteelMarketUpdate.com

Laura Miller

Read more from Laura Miller

Latest in Shipping and Logistics

CRU: Baltimore bridge collapse affects more than half of US thermal coal exports

A container ship collided with the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore on March 26, causing it to collapse. This has blocked sea lanes into and out of Baltimore port, which is the largest source of US seaborne thermal coal exports. The port usually exports 1–1.5 million metric tons (mt) of thermal coal per month. It is uncertain when sea shipping will be restored. But it could be several weeks or more. There are coal export terminals in Virginia, though diversion to these ports would raise costs.