Civmec hails con­tract win

Southern Telegraph - - News - Ai­den Boy­ham

Civmec’s suc­cess in land­ing a key role in the $4 bil­lion off­shore pa­trol ves­sels project has been hailed as a ma­jor step for­ward for WA in­dus­try, with its new $80 mil­lion fa­cil­ity set to play a key part in the pro­gram.

Last week, Ger­man de­signer Luerssen con­tracted Hen­der­son-based Civmec to as­sem­ble and de­liver 10 ves­sels for the OPV project, in­clud­ing the fab­ri­ca­tion of steel for all 12 ves­sels set to be built in the pro­gram.

Civmec sub­sidiary For­gacs Ma­rine and De­fence man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Mike Deeks said it was very pleas­ing for Civmec to reach this stage af­ter com­mer­cial ne­go­ti­a­tions with Luerssen and Hen­der­son-based ri­vals Austal.

“It is a ma­jor step for­ward for the WA ma­rine and de­fence in­dus­try,” he said. “The new fa­cil­i­ties will be around for in ex­cess of 50, maybe even 100 years and we see this as an op­por­tu­nity to grow jobs that are en­dur­ing jobs which will po­ten­tially hand over from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion.”

Mr Deeks said while it was dif­fi­cult to put a num­ber on the jobs that could be gen­er­ated un­til Civmec un­der­stood the full scope of the project, there would be three ves­sels un­der construction at any given time dur­ing the height of pro­duc­tion.

Civmec will cut the first steel on the project and ship it to South Aus­tralia for a De­cem­ber quar­ter start on the first two OPVs, with the other 10 to be built in Hen­der­son from 2020.

In the mean­time, Civmec will con­tinue to build its new $80 mil­lion fa­cil­ity, which will stand as high as a 20-storey build­ing.

“The first ma­jor sort of construction ac­tiv­ity was to dig out 300,000 tonnes of dirt to bring the level down . . . (now) we’ve started erect­ing the first of the two main sheds and started pil­ing for the next stage be­yond that,” Mr Deeks said.

Pic­ture: Ai­den Boy­ham

For­gacs Ma­rine and De­fence man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Mike Deeks

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