Sub standard set
PITCH TO BUILD VESSELS LOCALLY
Our preference to get the best results for the country is to build all submarines in Australia, including the first one
- TKMS Australia chairman John White
GERMAN industrial giant ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems says it wants to build submarines in Australia.
The company is one of three internationals competing for the Federal Government’s $20 billion SEA 1000 Future Submarine Project, with Japanese and French firms also in the running.
The new submarines will replace the aging Collins Class submarines.
During a briefing in Henderson last week, TKMS Australia chairman John White told local suppliers and fabricators its preference was to build Australia’s eight new submarines locally, if it was an- nounced as the successful contractor at the end of 2015.
“Our preference to get the best results for the country is to build all submarines in Australia, including the first one,” he said.
As part of the Government’s competitive evaluation process, competing companies are re- quired to submit three build proposals.
One is for all the submarines to be built in the company’s home country and the second a hybrid option with half built in Australia and half in the candidate’s home country.
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The preferred third method from TKMS, a company that has constructed 161 vessels since 1960, is for all the submarines to be built in Australia.
“We are absolutely certain that should the Federal Government find it acceptable that we could assemble submarines here in Henderson, we would still build sections in other locations around Australia,” Dr White said.
“We are very seriously looking at the infrastructure capability here which is superb already.”
Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said he wanted to see the local industry bidding for work associated with SEA 1000, confident the skills developed by local companies would stand up.
“WA has established its credentials by playing a critical role in supporting the current Collins Class vessels and expects to continue to support future submarines,” he said.
Heavy engineering company Civmec said it was co-operating with all three candidates.
Executive chairman James Fitzgerald said if the opportunity arose, Civmec had the capacity to be involved in fabrication, assembling and surface treatment.
“We believe there is genuine intent to make efforts towards building, assembling and commissioning here in Australia,” he said.
Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union WA state secretary Steve McCartney said he welcomed keeping skilled jobs here.