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Minister for Energy; Resources; Industry and Enterprise
Docking facilities at last for Western Australia
18/01/2006 12:00 AM
The State Government has called for expressions of interest for the construction of a $35milllion floating dock at the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) in Henderson.
The AMC is an integrated industrial estate servicing the defence, marine, mining and petroleum sectors.
Minister Assisting in Planning and Infrastructure Francis Logan, who has ministerial responsibility for the AMC, said the floating dock would give Western Australia a fantastic opportunity to bid for a wide range of marine maintenance and construction jobs.
It would also add to the capacity of the rapidly developing complex.
Mr Logan said part of the AMC expansion would include the $23million submarine maintenance facility being established by ASC Pty Ltd.
“That facility will provide maintenance and repair facilities for the Royal Australian Navy’s Collins Class submarines under a 25-year contract,” he said.
The Minister said the AMC was gaining an international reputation as Australia’s leading industrial facility for marine-related industries.
The expansion of its facilities would generate many jobs and economic benefits for the State. It would also expand WA’s already high skill-base in the marine and defence-related sectors.
“The expression of interest is for the first 99m section of the dock, which will eventually be nearly 200m,” Mr Logan said.
“The initial section will be capable of dealing with surface vessel docking, the launch and retrieval of large commercial vessels and docking and transfer for Collins Class submarines.
“While the State Government is committed to buying locally, construction of floating docks is a specialised field and the call for expressions of interest is being made in WA, around Australia and internationally.”
Mr Logan said the construction of a floating dock and the extension of the eastern wharf were part of the first stage of a $90million upgrade project. Five contractors had been shortlisted for the wharf extension and the successful proponent would be announced by the middle of the year.
“The extension of the eastern wharf will see the berthing capacity at the AMC increased from two to four world-class berths to attract both commercial and RAN operations,” the Minister said.
The AMC is managed by LandCorp through a committee that includes representatives from the Department of Industry and Resources.
Interested businesses can locate the expressions-of-interest documents at
An artist’s impression of the first stage of the AMC’s $90million upgrade project is available from the Minister’s office.
Minister's office: 9222 8950