Aluminium Boats Australia, which last month announced it planned to open a new production facility in Bellingham, Washington, said that it has decided instead to locate the facility in nearby Anacortes. The builder of 80- to 100ft aluminium catamarans said that Anacortes had better launch capabilities.

The company had entered into a 30-day due diligence period with the Port of Bellingham to lease a 30,000sq ft site. But it said in a release that the inability to directly launch vessels from the facility would add “insurmountable costs” to its business. "ABA is disappointed that we will not operate in Bellingham," said Karen Whitewood, co-owner of ABA, according to the Bellingham Herald. "The decision was an economic one based on the extensive costs in launching vessels from the building site."

The company found a site in Anacortes with direct launching capabilities. The statement said it has decided to delay its US operations until it secures a new business contract. The subsidiary, which will be called Aluminum Boats America, would initially employ 25 people.