- Delegation from WA visits European shipbuilders and designers
- WA industry has proven expertise for work opportunities
Western Australia's naval defence industry will be the focus of high-level discussions in Europe next week as Commerce Minister Michael Mischin visits key shipbuilders and designers.
Mr Mischin will meet European designers Lürssen (Germany), Fassmer (Germany) and Damen (Netherlands), along with French naval shipbuilding company DCNS.
"I will be undertaking site visits and meetings with representatives of international shipbuilders and designers who will play a role in the continuous build of naval vessels in Australia," he said.
"WA's naval defence industry continues to maintain the home-ported Royal Australian Navy (RAN) vessels at HMAS Stirling. We have the experience and track record to participate in international shipbuilding and sustainment programs.
"I am looking forward to continuing to promote this State's capacity to take part in maintenance, upgrades and support for major shipbuilding and submarine projects."
Lürssen, Fassmer and Damen are shortlisted designers for the Offshore Patrol Vessels program, which will start in WA from 2020 after being transferred from South Australia. Local companies will build the vessels using mainly their existing supply chain and infrastructure.
DCNS is the preferred design international partner to build 12 future submarines in South Australia, with an expectation that WA's naval defence industry will be able to participate in the program.
The Minister said the European talks would offer opportunities for the Liberal National Government to gain an understanding of build strategies for the Offshore Patrol Vessels and promote the capability of the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) in Henderson.
"The AMC is a world-class facility - one of two locations to implement the Commonwealth's commitment to a continuous build of naval surface ships in Australia - and companies based there have a proven ability to continue to sustain, maintain and upgrade the RAN vessels home-ported at HMAS Stirling," he said.
"While in Europe, we'll discuss the transition of Offshore Patrol Vessels to Western Australia, plans for the build and sustainment, and important details about supply chain investment."
The meetings will take place next week from Monday, October 31 to Friday, November 4. Mr Mischin will be accompanied by Agent General for Western Australia, John Atkins and Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive officer, Deidre Willmott.
- The program to build Offshore Patrol Vessels is estimated to be worth more than $3b and will create more than 400 direct jobs
- Up to half of the Royal Australian Navy's surface and subsurface fleet is based permanently and sustained in WA, including all six of the Collins submarines as part of Fleet Base West
- In 2013-14 alone, defence contracts managed at the AMC totalled an estimated $624m creating up to 4,000 jobs
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