State Development Minister Clive Brown today handed over one of the first vessels completed at the recently christened Australian Marine Complex in Cockburn Sound.
Mr Brown said the offshore crew/supply vessel - the Abeer Thirty Eight - was one of four being built by WaveMaster International and would provide significant benefits for the WA economy.
“The Abeer Thirty Eight is a perfect example of why the State has invested significant resources in the Australian Marine Complex,” he said.
“It is estimated that the total contract to build the four vessels will provide employment for up to 200 workers during the construction and fit-out stages, and more than $10million will go to the local economy.
“I congratulate the company on reaching this milestone and also for steadily carving a niche in the highly competitive South-East Asian oil and gas market.”
The Minister said the fact that the Abeer Thirty Eight was built in just six months from when the order was placed demonstrated the Australian Marine Complex’s ability to provide a quality product in quick time.
The 34m aluminium vessel is an offshore crew/supply vessel designed to transport personnel and equipment at high speed to offshore oil and gas rigs and platforms on Indonesian and Singaporean routes.
The vessel, which can carry 124 people, was built for the Singapore-based Abeer Marine Services as part of a multi-million dollar deal sealed in April.
Mr Brown said the Australian Marine Complex was developed to capitalise on the opportunities created by clustering the State’s marine, defence and resources industries.
He said the State Government would continue to promote and encourage the shipbuilding industry in Western Australia and the Australian Marine Complex.
The most recent example of this was the extensive promotion of the AMC by the WA contingent at the Offshore Northern Seas (ONS) conference in Norway last month.
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