New hub will build patrol boats
SEA Shepherd’s fastest ship has docked at Henderson for some much-needed repairs after 93 days in Antarctica.
Ocean Warrior worked alongside the organisation’s flagship vessel the MV Steve Irwin on the organisation’s 11th anti-whaling campaign, Operation Nemesis.
Captain Adam Meyerson said the new ship had docked in Henderson at a private dock.
“It’s getting a few repairs by a local company, Strategic IT does its best work crafting large water vessels but Henderson-based firm Austal has shown a bit of finesse after transforming an old steel fabrication facility, built during the mining boom, into a base for a $306 million shipbuilding program.
Federal Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne visited Naval Base earlier this month to cut the ribbon on the new construction hub on Hope Road, a move Austal chief executive David Singleton said signalled the start of its steel naval shipbuilding capability.
The 10,500sq m facility will be used to build 19 40m Pacific Patrol boats, which will be gifted to 12 island nations as Marine who are also doing warranty work on the new boat,” he said. “It’s only about six months old. It was built in Turkey. part of Australia’s Pacific Maritime Security Program.
Construction on the vessels will begin in April, with deliveries to take place between 2018 and 2023.
Mr Singleton said 207 jobs would be created.
Michael Mischin MLC, Austal chief executive David Singleton and Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne.
The Ocean Warrior arriving at Henderson.