Industry and Enterprise Minister Francis Logan has welcomed a Senate report which recognises Australia’s status as a world leader in naval shipbuilding.
The report, ‘Blue Water Ships: Consolidating Past Achievements’ from the Senate’s standing committee on foreign affairs, defence and trade, also acknowledges that Australia would lose this international standing if the Federal Government did not make local manufacturing a priority.
Mr Logan said he hoped the report would help convince the Federal Government to build the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) new $2billion amphibious vessels in Australia.
He said Western Australia was the obvious location for the consolidation and integration of the vessels.
“Our world-class naval shipbuilding capabilities require a strong commitment and investment from the Federal Government to ensure RAN’s vessels are built in Australia,” the Minister said.
“WA is well-placed to deliver outstanding value as a preferred shipbuilding destination.
“With the Federal Government’s support, WA will remain efficient, innovative and competitive in this booming industry.”
Mr Logan said WA’s shipbuilding industry had gone from strength to strength in recent years, thanks largely to the State Government’s multi-million dollar investment in the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) at Henderson.
“Last month, the Premier announced a $174million upgrade to the AMC, including the construction of a floating dock, a new transfer system and an extension of the existing eastern wharf,” he said.
“The AMC, as Australia’s premier shipbuilding facility, is already providing large economic returns for the WA economy.
“We recently welcomed a $35million investment by submarine builder and maintainer, ASC Pty Ltd, to construct an undercover submarine service facility to service and maintain our submarine fleet for the next 25 years.
“And the WA-based company, Austal Ships, was recently contracted to build 14 Armadale class patrol boats for the RAN.”
Mr Logan said 25 projects had been completed at the AMC’s Common User Facility since 2003.
These included Tenix Defence’s $60million conversion of the 37,000 tonne commercial tanker Delos into the naval oiler, HMAS Sirius.
“The AMC is also home to the ongoing maintenance and repair of a significant part of the RAN’s blue water fleet, including the ANZAC frigates,” the Minister said.
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