Alannah MacTiernan

Alannah MacTiernan

Minister for Planning and Infrastructure

    Floating dock to boost WA's marine industry capability

    24/07/2007 3:09 PM

    Western Australian shipbuilder Strategic Marine Pty Ltd has been announced as the preferred tenderer to build a $62million floating dock at the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) at Henderson.

    Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the floating dock was expected to inject well over $2billion into the State’s economy over the next 25 years.

    “The floating dock will strengthen the credentials of the AMC Common User Facility as a world class centre of excellence for marine, defence and resource industries,” Ms MacTiernan said.

    “The project is a key element of the Carpenter Government’s $174.3million commitment to infrastructure upgrades at the AMC.”

    The Minister said the floating dock would be a 99m long by 53m wide structure capable of providing the land transfer of docked vessels up to 3,500 tonnes, with the capacity to lift 12,000 tonne vessels out of the water for service and maintenance work.

    It will allow WA to bid for a range of major maintenance and construction projects across the marine, defence and resources sectors, including:
    • repairing and maintaining naval vessels such as Australia’s Collins class submarines and ANZAC Frigates;
    • commercial ship repair work;
    • servicing the growing super-yacht industry; and
    • testing sub-sea oil and gas components.
    Along with a $35million submarine repair and maintenance facility being constructed by ASC Pty Ltd, the floating dock was a key component of a 25-year contract to provide support for the Collins class submarines at the AMC.

    Ms MacTiernan said Industry and Enterprise Minister and Cockburn MLA Fran Logan had played a key role in ensuring local content outcomes in the tender.

    “Local content was an important consideration in determining the successful tender and Strategic Marine has committed to constructing more than 60 per cent of the floating dock in WA,” she said.

    “While some elements of the structure will be constructed at Strategic Marine’s facilities in Vietnam, construction of the sidewalls, comprising over 1,000 tonnes of steel work, and the development and integration of the high technology ‘smart’ components will be completed in WA.”

    The Common User Facility at the AMC is a joint State and Federal Government funded initiative. It opened in July 2003 and has since generated in excess of $150million of business for the WA economy and created more than 1,680 jobs from over 150 contracts undertaken.

    Detailed contract negotiations would now commence, with the aim of having the facility completed in 2009.

    The floating dock would be designed to be capable of expansion if WA firms were successful in winning contracts for constructing and maintaining even larger vessels.

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