Francis Logan

Francis Logan

Minister for Energy; Resources; Industry and Enterprise

    Huge AMC project completed on budget and ahead of time

    11/09/2006 2:03 PM

    The biggest contract ever undertaken at the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) at Henderson - the $60million conversion of a commercial chemical tanker into a naval oiler - has been completed on budget and ahead of schedule.

    Science and Innovation Minister Francis Logan said the new naval vessel, HMAS Sirius, left the AMC on Friday for sea trials and would be homeported at Garden Island.

    Mr Logan said the Sirius would replace the ageing HMAS Westralia.

    The Minister congratulated Tenix Defence for successfully completing the contract, which involved the upgrade of the 37,000-tonne tanker’s capabilities to meet the operational needs of the Royal Australian Navy.

    “The success of this project demonstrates the AMC’s capacity to draw and complete large contracts for Western Australia,” he said.

    “It is yet another example of the skills and capability available in WA and will further promote our State as the logical choice to house the navy’s $2billion amphibious ship building contract.

    “This project was a major challenge in terms of engineering, production and procurement, with more than 1,100 tonnes of steel being consolidated and major internal and external modifications completed in the 16 months since the contract was awarded.

    “Tenix Defence was able to deliver the ship ahead of schedule and on budget by using the Common User Facility (CUF) at the AMC and supporting local industries in the complex.”

    Tenix chief executive officer Robert Salteri said the program demonstrated the company’s capability to successfully modify an existing ship design to meet the navy’s needs within a tight schedule and budget constraints.

    “The successful completion of this complex project is a tribute to our outstanding workforce and a positive and effective working relationship with our customer,” Mr Salteri said.

    The upgrade included seven major modification packages:
    • a replenishment-at-sea capability (involving masts, mechanical and electrical equipment and a control centre) to allow the Sirius to receive and distribute fuel, water and hard stores to other naval and allied vessels;
    • a helicopter deck, specially designed and integrated on to the stern of the vessel - the first of its kind in the world to be completed under classification requirements;
    • a container deck, capable of holding twelve 20-foot shipping containers, added to the existing cargo deck;
    • installation of two upgraded Solas boats, each with a 70-man capacity, and two rigid-hull inflatable boats from HMAS Westralia; and
    • a modified interior with the latest communications equipment.
    Mr Logan said the AMC was created to develop a world-class multipurpose fabrication, assembly, and load-out facility to attract marine and defence contracts to WA.

    “Since its completion in June 2003, the CUF has contributed more than $90million of work to the local economy, generating an estimated 800 full-time positions,” he said.

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