New hub will build pa­trol boats

Cockburn Gazette - - STREET WATCH -

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.

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