Patrol boat con­tract de­liv­ers jobs boost

Cockburn Gazette - - STREETWATCH -

AUSTAL in Hen­der­son is build­ing the first of four patrol boats to be given to Pa­pua New Guinea – a project that will gen­er­ate 100 ap­pren­tice po­si­tions by the end of the year.

Nine­teen 39.5m patrol boats will be given to 12 Pa­cific Is­land na­tions by the Aus­tralian Govern­ment to en­hance prac­ti­cal mar­itime se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions across the South Pa­cific.

De­fence In­dus­try Min­is­ter Christo­pher Pyne’s sig­na­ture was welded into the hull of the first Pa­cific Patrol Boat ves­sel to be built in Hen­der­son.

The ves­sel is part of the $306 mil­lion Pa­cific Patrol Boat Re­place­ment (PPB-R) project. Mr Pyne at­tended a cer­e­mo­nial keel-lay­ing on Mon­day, July 31.

Austal chief ex­ec­u­tive David Sin­gle­ton said Austal was de­liv­er­ing the en­tire project, with the de­sign and build to take place in Hen­der­son and the sus­tain­ment of ves­sels to con­tinue in Cairns.

“This project is an­tic­i­pated to em­ploy more than 200 peo­ple di­rectly at Austal and hun­dreds more through our grow­ing Aus­tralian sup­ply chain, pro­vid­ing out­stand­ing ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties for both qual­i­fied work­ers and ap­pren­tices across the coun­try,” Mr Sin­gle­ton said.

“We’ve al­ready em­ployed more than 30 new ap­pren­tices so far this year and we an­tic­i­pate hav­ing 100 on board by the end of 2017.”

De­fence Min­is­ter Christo­pher Pyne’s sig­na­ture was welded into the hull of the first Pa­cific patrol boat built in Hen­der­son. Be­low: An artist’s im­pres­sion of the patrol boats.

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