State Development Minister Clive Brown today welcomed the decision by the Commonwealth to select Western Australian company Austal Ships as the preferred tenderer to build 12 new patrol boats to protect Australia’s coastline.
Mr Brown said the Gallop Government was creating a stronger economy and more jobs and opportunities.
“This project could involve building up to 12 new patrol boats for the Navy, and is estimated to be worth about $550million, creating up to 450 full-time jobs for the five-year life of the project,” he said.
“This is great news for WA and helps boost the Shipbuilding Precinct of the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) in Cockburn Sound.
“It will generate significant investment into the area. The creation of up to 450 full-time jobs, subcontractor expenditure and other flow-ons should take the overall financial value of the project to more than $630million, creating an average of 1,046 jobs each year.”
The new boats will be used to intercept and apprehend vessels suspected of illegal fishing, quarantine, customs and immigration offences.
The Armidale Class Boats will be able to collectively operate for 3,000 days per year, which is 300 more days than the current Fremantle boats.
A decision on the contract is likely to be made by the Commonwealth in November.
The Armidale class patrol boats are to enter service with the Royal Australian Navy from 2004-2005, in accordance with the Defence White Paper.
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