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ABA311 MV Epicure Sydney Harbour Cruise 
ABA is currently completing construction on a luxury function vessel for Epicure, destined for Sydney Harbour.
"Dollar boosts orders"


The Courier Mail feature October 22, 2013. 

October 2013

Pacific 2013 Exposition


Promoting Aluminium Boats Australia at the Pacific 2013 Expo in Darling Harbour. 

October 2013

Introducing Cat Coco


Delivered in June 2013, the 35 metre inter-island ferry adds a touch of luxury to passenger's trips in Seychelles.

June 2013



ABA will be attending the 40th annual Interferry conference which represents the world-wide ferry industry.

Copenhagen 3-7 October 2015 

ABA704 Launch


One of the four sister Armidale class patrol boats that have completed ABA's maintenance program. 

December 2013

Kingfish Complete


The newest member to the Cruise Whitsundays ferry fleet, Kingfish is complete and ready for its future homeport at Airlie Beach.

September 2013


ABA 705 maintenance program complete


Another navy ship says good-bye to ABA after receiving a complete refit.

August 2013

Queensland Water Police Contract


ABA has secured the contract to build the next three vessels for the Queensland Water Police fleet.

September 2013

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Adapt or sink

ABA featuring in newspaper article from The Australian

25 January 2013

Latest Updates                                                                               Events
30th July 2015



On August 10, 2014, an Australian Navy patrol boat HMAS Bundaberg caught fire while undergoing refit at the Hemmant shipyard of Aluminium Boats Australia.


A comprehensive investigation into the causes of the fire immediately commenced and culminated in ABA being placed into voluntary administration on November 4, 2014. John Park and Kelly Trenfield from FTI Consulting Group were appointed as administrators. HMAS Bundaberg was subsequently decommissioned from Royal Australian Navy service at a small ceremony in HMAS Cairns on 18 December, 2014.


The unfortunate fire incident was the first of its kind in the 15-year sterling history of ABA, which saw the construction and retrofit of various classes of ferries, leisure, cruise and offshore work vessels, most of which are still in use today around the world. This is in addition to ABA's core expertise of lifetime support, training, components and designs incorporating the latest shipbuilding techniques.


Realizing the valuable knowledge infrastructure, design and collective intellectual potential of ABA; and learning from the lapses that forced it into voluntary administration, a group of investors approached the administrators and purchased the Intellectual Property of ABA, unencumbered by no financial liability. This is with a view to repositioning ABA towards more diversification with an international focus, away from specialized manufacturing which fosters dependency on public procurement like defense over global markets.


With the constitution of a sound management and legal team with varied expertise in the construction sector, the new management has strategic plans in place to build capacity to diversify and focus on niche international markets. This will be a sustainable proposition over the long term, encouraged by export-backed credit facilities that seek to boost Australian exports into far flung emerging markets.




























A delegation from Lagos State of Nigeria visits ABA. Click on the link below:


April 19, 2012.




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