The Australian Mining Review
A strong SA presence
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.