A strong SA pres­ence

The Australian Mining Review - - THE UPPER SPENCER GULF -

IT’S been a rough cou­ple of years for Australian con­struc­tion con­trac­tors, but a mar­ket leader in ma­rine in­fra­struc­ture ser­vices, Mar­itime Con­struc­tions, has rid­den the storm.

Thanks to a few tweaks such as branch­ing out over­seas, cut­ting costs and be­com­ing a ma­jor EPC (en­gi­neer­ing, pro­cure­ment and con­struc­tion) con­trac­tor, the award-win­ning Port Ade­laide-based business is boom­ing.

Its main di­vi­sions are Mar­itime Con­struc­tions, which does ma­jor projects, Dredg­ing and Port De­vel­op­ment, and Har­bours and Ma­rine mak­ing up the Mar­itime group.

“We’re com­ing out of a big re­ces­sion as far as South and West­ern Aus­tralia are con­cerned,” Mar­itime Con­struc­tions chief executive Shane Fiedler said.

“The last 24 months have been pretty bad for con­trac­tors and the fact we’re still here is tes­ti­mony to us re­act­ing to the mar­ket con­di­tions.

“We ad­justed across the business to and ride out the storm.”

Re­cent con­tracts in­cluded the con­struc­tion of the first stage of the re­cently opened Onslow Ma­rine Sup­port Base in WA, the de­sign and con­struc­tion of a tim­ber ex­port fa­cil­ity at Kan­ga­roo Is­land, South Aus­tralia, and a re­fur­bish­ment of a tim­ber jetty at Port Vic­to­ria, South Aus­tralia.

“We have long-term dredg­ing con­tracts, and long-term con­struc­tion con­tracts with the SA State Gov­ern­ment main­tain­ing jet­ties and har­bours,” Mr Fiedler said.

“Thank­fully the last 12 months – the last six months es­pe­cially – have been fan­tas­tic.

“We’re look­ing pos­i­tive in terms of Aus­tralia.”

The com­pany has a strong foothold in the Up­per Spencer Gulf and is look­ing for­ward to new op­por­tu­ni­ties in the re­gion.

Mar­itime Con­struc­tions chief executive Shane Fiedler. Mar­itime Con­struc­tions owns and op­er­ates a ver­sa­tile fleet of float­ing plant and equip­ment.

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