Luerssen Australia announced it has reached a milestone with its workforce reaching the 200 employee mark as it continues to grow. Over the last four years, Luerssen Australia has expanded its team in Perth and Adelaide as it delivers twelve Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) for the Royal Australian Navy. Currently, Luerssen Australia has six vessels under construction across two sites. This follows the launch of NUSHIP Arafura in December 2021 in South Australia.
Luerssen Australia Chief Executive Officer, Jens Nielsen, said he is proud of this latest milestone. “This is a pivotal point for Luerssen Australia and its commitment to creating a world-class sovereign shipbuilding industry,” said Nielsen. “It is fantastic to grow our workforce and create job opportunities for Australians.”
With the Federal Government investing billions of dollars into the Western Australian shipbuilding sector over the next decade, Luerssen Australia sees a very bright future for the industry and looks forward to playing a pivotal role in the years to come.
“Luerssen Australia is extremely grateful for its supplier partners who have created a strong collaborative environment. They are helping to shape the future of Australian shipbuilding and are strengthening the sovereign supply chain,” said Nielsen.
To date, Luerssen Australia has achieved an impressive 63% Australian Industry Content on the OPV Program and aims to increase this further. Luerssen Australia is involving as many local companies as possible, and continues to embed almost 150 years of shipbuilding knowledge into Australia.