E D I T I O N 7 – J U LY 2 0 0 8
YE A R
YE A R
AUSTRALIAN MARINE COMPLEX –
celebrating 5 years at the forefront of industry
The vision for Western Australia to become His words proved to be prophetic as the AMC is now home to
more than 120 businesses which work in, or support the oil
the home of a world-leading destination for and gas, resource, marine and defence industries. New land
the oil and gas, resource, marine and defence releases will soon see this expand.
industries is going from strength to strength. Significant milestones that have occurred at the AMC-CUF
July marks the fifth year of industry excellence since it was opened in 2003 include:
at the Australian Marine Complex Common 2002 – the beginning of the vision
User Facility (AMC-CUF) which opened the Already an identified destination for shipbuilding with nearly
doors for its first contract in July 2003. $1.6 billion in aluminium boat construction, the Henderson
marine industry zone was renamed the Australian Marine
There has been a clear and concise vision for the AMC since it Complex. Construction of the CUF and the Fabrication Precinct
was first considered five years ago. Funding to build the CUF was in motion for a 2003 opening.
was sought and backing was won from the Commonwealth
Government and combined with funding from the State 2003 – first common use infrastructure installed
Government, the CUF is now a $354 million initiative. The CUF’s main fabrication hall, 40 hectares of laydown and
At the time it had its detractors, but with some 190 projects, construction land, harbour and wharves, was officially opened
1680 jobs and over $200 million of work injected into the for business in July 2003 and Saipem was the first company to
State economy in five years, the CUF has become Australia’s utilise the facility’s extensive capabilities.
powerhouse for the fabrication, assembly and loadout of large Saipem used the southern services wharf to provide
infrastructure fabrication. maintenance and repairs to one of Australia’s largest
In a statement in 2003 by then State Development Minister construction barges, the Semac. The Semac had been working
Clive Brown – offshore on the North West Shelf Venture’s second trunkline
for Woodside and its joint venture partners.
“The Australian Marine Complex will be one of the most
exciting maritime activity clusters in the Asia-Pacific region,
delivering major value-added opportunities for WA industry.” Continued on page 3
Premier’s Foreword Minister’s Foreword
Welcome to this special edition I have been very pleased to be
of The AMC News, in which we involved in the AMC since its
celebrate the 5th anniversary of early years of planning. It is a
the Australian Marine Complex passionate subject for me - it
(AMC). is relevant to my Resources,
Industry and Enterprise
It has been a very eventful five
portfolio’s and it is also situated
years. As the State’s resources
in my Cockburn electorate.
industry continues to grow,
demand for infrastructure such When the AMC opened, my local
as the Common User Facility has constituents were effectively the
skyrocketed. labour pool that the AMC drew
from, so it was important for
Many companies that are located
this facility to keep developing.
in the complex have also been
Now in my capacity as a Minister
inundated with work arising from
in the State Government, I am
this strong demand.
committed to supporting projects
The AMC has grown to become very important for Western that not only benefit my electorate but the entire State. What
Australian business. the AMC is achieving has wide reaching benefits for WA’s
economy and also Australia in general.
This issue of The AMC News features comments from
influential people who have contributed to the establishment I have seen it grow from a premier shipbuilding industrial hub
of the AMC, who have used its wonderful facilities or who work into a facility that is the envy of the nation. In five short years,
within it. We asked them - what does the AMC mean to you or the AMC-CUF has far exceeded expectations.
While this is a time to celebrate our achievements so far, we
And, the answers were all very similar. The AMC means can also look to the future of the AMC with great excitement.
growth, it means shared infrastructure, it means working A new Technology Precinct dedicated to marine, defence
near and next to complementary businesses. Overall, it makes and oil and gas has commenced, and the State Government
working in Western Australia easier. is supporting the development of a technically advanced oil
and gas industry in Western Australia. We are committed
The AMC is already a premier destination for the oil and
to establishing the AMC as a subsea, oil and gas centre of
gas, resources, marine and defence industries. The State
excellence servicing the Australian and Asia-Pacific region.
Government, through the Department of Industry and
Resources and LandCorp, will continue to further develop this I look forward to the continued development and success of
exciting industrial area. the AMC, as it keeps delivering great things for WA.
New infrastructure, such as the floating dock, and further
land releases over the coming years, will provide ample The Hon Francis Logan MLA
opportunities for the complex to continue to develop into Minister for Energy; Resources;
a destination dedicated to industry that is talked about all Industry and Enterprise
around the world.
The Hon Alan Carpenter MLA
Premier of Western Australia
Inside this issue
AMC – celebrating 5 years Students get a leg up to future careers ........... 12
at the forefront of industry ............................... 1-6 WA cruises to big wins ..................................... 13
CUF update ...................................................... 7 Road ahead positive for oil
Blacktip nears the summit .............................. 8 and gas industry ............................................... 14
Defence stars alight on the AMC Perth to host two new subsea
as ASC West opens its doors ........................... 9 technical conferences ...................................... 15
ACEPT to supply highly trained AMC Tenant Update ......................................... 16
oil and gas workers .......................................... 10 WA marine limousines impress the world ...... 17
Young Achiever Award 2008 Land sales update ............................................ 18
celebrates new talent ...................................... 11
AMC company profiles ..................................... 19-20
“Fortescue Metals is now Australia’s third force
in iron ore, based on our ability to deliver large-
scale projects using an equal mix of innovation and
“Our rapid success has been helped by those
who shared a similar vision. The contractors and
suppliers who worked on this project were an
integral part of the journey.
“Like Fortescue’s operations in the Pilbara, the
Australian Marine Complex’s Common User
Facility (CUF) is an open access facility. It was
AMC-CUF under construction in 2003. instrumental in construction and delivery of
the wharf at the Fortescue Herb Elliot Port at
Andrew Forrest, Director,
Fortescue Metals Group
“We always take the opportunity to show interstate
and international visitors where we are located,
and the extent and diversity of the AMC facilities.
In some ways it is reflective of our success and
growth over the same period of time and by
association adds to our capacity to be involved in
future projects attracted to Western Australia by
this very worthwhile initiative.”
John Davies, Director, Modular Engineering
AMC-CUF in 2008, a hive of activity.
AUSTRALIAN MARINE COMPLEX – celebrating 5 years at the forefront of industry (from page 1)
2004 – the word is spreading • The establishment of Raytheon Australia’s Naval Systems Division.
The CUF’s second year 2004, saw word of its capabilities spread far and • Since 2005 the Royal Australian Navy and the ANZAC Alliance have
wide. That year marked the first of many offshore oil and gas projects undertaken most of the capability upgrade work on the ANZAC
that would take place at the complex. The CUF identified how it could Frigate fleet at the AMC. The ANZAC Alliance program brings
work with companies at the AMC and a Memorandum of Understanding together key defence contractors Tenix, Thales Australia, The United
between Western Australia and South Australia was signed to promote Group and Saab Systems to conduct a schedule of upgrades in the
a more cooperative approach to vie for up to $8 billion in naval safe, controlled and productive environment provided by the CUF.
shipbuilding and repair contracts.
• Voest – Alpine, used the CUF to assemble two iron ore ship loaders.
• In one of the first offshore oil and gas projects to take place at the The ship loaders were for the Dampier Port export facility upgrade
CUF, Apache Energy used the large fabrication hall to construct the for Rio Tinto. Manufactured by Voest-Alpine, the company used
$6 million Linda Platform. The 600 tonne jacket and topside would the CUF laydown area for final assembly and loadout across the
be used to extract gas offshore from Barrow Island on the North southern wharf. Loadout and delivery of the first ship loader was
West Shelf. completed in March 2005. The second followed in November 2005.
• Cryeng Pty Ltd fabricated two 24,000 litre cryogenic nitrogen tanks, • The CUF became the base for Royal Equipment’s final assembly
each 22 metres long by 3 metres in diameter in the small fabrication and testing of 17 coal trucks destined for Indonesia’s Bengalon coal
shed. The largest built tanks in Western Australia were delivered mine. With a world-wide shortage of earthmoving equipment, Royal
to the HIsmelt plant in Kwinana via the high wide load corridor from Equipment identified and sourced redundant truck frames from the
the AMC. Pilbara’s Mount Newman iron ore mine to complete the project.
• HMNZS Te Mana, a 118 metre long ANZAC class frigate, was the first
foreign warship to berth at the CUF when it docked overnight in April 2006 – reputation keeps building locally, nationally
2004. The ship berthed at the wharf while waiting to be docked at the and internationally
Tenix shiplift. The job demonstrated the potential synergies between The AMC and its capabilities are gaining an international reputation,
the CUF and the adjacent Tenix shiplift facility. confirmed during a visit to Spanish and Norwegian fabrication and
shipbuilding precincts by Minister Logan. The shortage of skilled
2005 – contracts keep flowing in workers in Western Australia is intensifying and the Defence Industry
The AMC expands with the establishment of its fourth precinct, the Skills Taskforce was established to undertake a study to investigate
AMC Technology Precinct, with Raytheon Australia being the first the growing demand for skilled defence workers. The Logical Choice
company to establish within it. The State Government also announced campaign was launched to position Western Australia as the logical
funding to supply additional common use infrastructure at the AMC- choice to undertake modular fabrication, shipbuilding, repair and
CUF, including a floating dock and rail transfer system to launch and maintenance for naval and commercial vessels.
retrieve large ships, and an extension and upgrade of the existing
“Honeywell has provided ACEPT with state-of-the-art “AGC has kept the CUF busy since it first opened in 2003. The
Experion process control systems and ShadowPlant CUF has been instrumental in helping us to deliver jackets and
simulation systems that are widely adopted by major topsides, and other large modules and subsea structures for
resource companies throughout Australia. These some of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies and projects.
systems enable ACEPT to efficiently deliver training Maintaining a presence against stiff overseas competition can
that is relevant and current with industry needs. be hard in the present climate, but having access to the CUF has
To ensure the ongoing support and currency of the certainly strengthened our capacity and capability, and helped
Honeywell systems at ACEPT, we have also co-located us to competitively bid and, in turn, win work.”
our training staff at ACEPT, which has proved to be a Joe Macri, Group Business Development Manager,
fantastic facility for training both our clients and our staff.
Ausclad Group of Companies
“We are strong believers in ACEPT, and we are looking
forward to continuing to work closely together in the “After literally searching the world for a good location to build
future to maximise the value delivered to Australian luxury motor yachts, Hanseatic Marine settled in the AMC,
industry, so that skills shortages do not limit the mainly due to the local experience in light weight aluminium
growth of the Australian economy in coming years.” construction and the large array of local specialised support
Tony Cosgrove, Managing Director,
Honeywell Process Solutions Pacific Dave Woods, Chief Operating Officer, Hanseatic Marine
AUSTRALIAN MARINE COMPLEX – celebrating 5 years at the forefront of industry (from page 3)
In November the Government increased its support to the AMC when 2007 – all is clear
Cabinet approved $174.3 million for infrastructure upgrades to the The AMC continues to grow as upgrades to the wharves at the CUF are
CUF including a floating dock; transfer system; dredging; civil site completed as part of the $174.3 million infrastructure upgrade. This
works; and wharf and electricity upgrades. To take advantage of increases the CUF’s capacity to berth three vessels, ranging from 60
the proposed floating dock and transfer system, ASC Pty Ltd also metres to 300 metres, at any one time. Challenger TAFE’s Australian
made a $35 million commitment to construct their new submarine Centre for Energy Process Training (ACEPT) located in the AMC
maintenance facility next to the CUF. Technology Precinct, opens its doors to students in February.
• AGC used the CUF’s large fabrication hall for the assembly of the Plans begin to develop a superyacht manufacturing, repair,
$10 million jacket structure for Shell Todd’s Pohokura gas field maintenance and upgrade facility within the AMC. The Spanish built
in New Zealand. The jacket - approximately 56 metres high on a F100 multi-purpose frigate, the Alvaro de Bazan, visits Fremantle and
base measuring 16 metres by 16 metres – was manufactured from the Federal Government announced that ASC Shipbuilding using the
tubular steel sub sections constructed at AGC’s Kwinana workshop Spanish shipbuilder Navantia’s design, have won the contract to build
and transported by road to the CUF along the high wide load the Royal Australian Navy’s new $6 billion air warfare destroyers;
corridor. The fabrication hall heavy lift 150 tonne gantry crane was and Tenix Defence using Navantia’s design have won the $2 billion
crucial in achieving the program. The jacket is Australia’s first ever amphibious ships. Good news for Western Australia.
export oil and gas jacket and was successfully loaded on the MV
Annegret bound for New Zealand at the start of February 2006. The drive to establish Western Australia and the AMC as a premier
subsea cluster servicing the South East Asian region continues and
Premier Alan Carpenter said, “The outstanding innovation and is increased with the acknowledgement from various international
services on offer at the Australian Marine Complex played a major companies that they are considering relocating to the AMC.
part in making the Pohokura project possible for WA.”
• AMC tenant and premier superyacht builder, Hanseatic Marine,
• Tenix Defence conducted the $60 million conversion of the 37,000 launches its spectacular 74 metre superyacht Silver, the world’s
tonne commercial tanker Delos into the naval replenishment vessel, longest aluminium hulled private motor yacht.
HMAS Sirius for the Royal Australian Navy. The project featured
seven major modifications packages including the installation of • Thiess uses the CUF for the modular construction of a 250 metre,
replenishment at sea capability; the world first installation of a 3000 tonne iron ore load-out wharf for Fortescue Metals Group.
stern helicopter deck; addition of a container deck; modifications • Ferguson Seacabs selects the CUF as its service and supply base
to the interior including additional accommodation spaces; and for Australasia, allowing them to complete maintenance, testing,
installation of the latest communications equipment. This was the inspection and online asset tracking for its high stress shipping
largest defence project by sheer scale completed at the CUF and containers.
met all the time and budget constraints.
“The Western Australian Government’s vision
in developing the Australian Marine Complex
made ASC’s $35 million investment in our new
submarine support facility possible.
“By locating our ASC West facility at the AMC,
it will allow us to use the Western Australian
Government-funded open access infrastructure –
such as a floating dock and self-propelled modular
transfer system - for dockings of the Collins Class
“Our new facility also gives us easy access to
suppliers and facilities within the AMC, and this
will help enable us to deliver more effective and
efficient submarine through-life support services
to the Royal Australian Navy.”
Greg Tunny, Managing Director, ASC
“The initiative taken by the State and Federal
Governments to create infrastructure in the
expectation of the resources industry expanding
has paid off. It is pleasing to see the AMC plans
are coming to fruition and that the project is a
Hendy Cowan, Former National Party Leader who
sought Federal Government funding for the AMC
AUSTRALIAN MARINE COMPLEX – celebrating 5 years at the forefront of industry (from page 4)
• The Western Australian Government creates the Defence Industry • AGC are using the CUF to fabricate and assemble a 2000 tonne
Skills Unit (DISU) following a recommendation from the Defence jacket structure, topside platform and piles for Eni Australia Ltd’s
Industry Skills Taskforce Report. This is to ensure the State’s Blacktip natural gas project.
growing defence industry receives a sustainable supply of skilled
workers to meet future demands. Located within the AMC • The HMAS Sirius returned to the AMC in June 2008 where Tenix
Technology Precinct, DISU is chaired by the Member for Peel, the Defence conducted further capability upgrades to the vessel.
Hon Paul Papalia CSC, and comprises of a broad representation
of Western Australia’s defence industry. This provides a vehicle for Future – the right tools for the job
the defence industry to influence its own labour supply destiny by During the past five years the AMC, particularly the CUF, has grown to
building pathways from school to industry to increase the numbers what it is today. Continuous infrastructure upgrades have allowed the
of suitably skilled people. CUF to take on more and varied work. Land releases and land sales
within the wider AMC have seen it become a dynamic destination for
• AMC tenant Strategic Marine Pty Ltd was selected as the preferred leading companies in the oil and gas, resource, marine and defence
tender for the $62 million floating dock. industries.
2008 – now Having access to the CUF enhances the ability of local industry to
The AMC welcomed ASC West’s new $35 million state-of-the-art compete for work in the oil and gas, resource, marine and defence
submarine service and repair facility in 2008 and construction of industries. The co-location of complementary businesses is allowing
the floating dock began. A tender to upgrade Woodman Point’s companies at the AMC to become more efficient and is broadening
Recreational Boat Precinct was called, which will supply more ramps, their project base by creating new opportunities.
a service jetty, boat stacker and boat trailer bays. The future is bright and we have a lot to look forward to. The new
• Nomad Consolidated, builders of demountable living quarters 99 metre long by 53 metre wide floating dock and 512 wheel self
and offices for remote mine sites, used the CUF’s laydown area propelled modular transporters system will be commissioned in
to assemble and store over 100 demountables. Nomad, which is 2009. In addition the first Collins Class Submarine will be lifted out
currently building on average 200 floors a month, is delivering to of the water and transferred into the new ASC facility in 2009.
nine sites throughout the State including Hope Downs, Mount Keith The CUF Facility Manager’s, AMC Management (WA) Pty Ltd, continue
and Ravensthorpe. to receive enquiries from a multitude of companies to use the CUF
• Woodside Engineering Limited recently purchased two new for projects. The success of the AMC and the CUF is evident and will
offshore cranes as replacements for the North Rankin ‘A’ Platform continue into the future. Western Australia is in an enviable position
and is using the CUF to assemble and trial the cranes. and there are many opportunities for AMC tenants.
“The AMC was thought to be a white elephant but over the last “It’s all about the location and the Australian Marine Complex
five years it has proven it is a success. This fabrication and is a premium destination for the oil and gas, resources, marine
erection facility puts WA on the map and allows us to compete and defence industries. Close to the sea, a high wide corridor
with our neighbours for some of the lucrative resources and other WA industrial areas, the land within the AMC is very
contracts on offer. I have been overseas on various missions much in demand. The AMC, as a home for industry and a brand,
and people are always impressed with what the AMC-CUF has steadily grown to what it is today, a thriving industry base
can provide, but now we need to make it a bigger success and further land releases over the coming years will ensure it
by encouraging the oil and gas industry to use this fantastic continues to be a leading industrial area in WA and the nation.”
facility.” Ross Holt, Chief Executive, LandCorp
Jock Ferguson, Australian Manufacturing Workers Union
• The AMC-CUF is a $354 million initiative, owned and operated • Operations are expected to inject more than $2 billion into
by the Western Australian Government. Western Australia’s economy over the next 25 years from
naval contracts and other commercial projects.
• The CUF has generated in excess of $200 million in business
to the State’s economy and created more than 1680 jobs from • The new infrastructure increases Western Australia’s
some 190 contracts undertaken since opening in July 2003. capability to perform major defence construction and
maintenance projects such as AWD module fabrication work.
Major shipbuilding achievements at the AMC since 2003:
• More than 50 per cent of Australia’s commercial ships are built at the AMC, • The world’s longest aluminium superyacht, at 74 metres in length, was built at
along with 30 per cent of the world’s high speed light weight ferries. the AMC by Hanseatic Marine.
• Companies based at the AMC lead the world in the construction of high speed, • Austal Ships, located at the AMC, has built the world’s fastest diesel ferry. The
lightweight vessels, as well as luxury superyachts, rescue, patrol, fishing, 65 metre ferry “Shinas” built for the Sultanate of Oman to carry 208 passengers
paramilitary and offshore supply vessels. and 56 cars, achieved a top speed of 55.9 knots (103.5 kph) during sea trials.
• The world’s largest aluminium vessel, at 127 metres in length, was built at the
AMC by Austal Ships.
Major subsea, oil and gas achievements that have taken place at the AMC since 2003:
• Fabrication and assembly of the Linda and John Brookes platforms and • Establishment at the AMC of international companies FMC Technologies
jackets. and Ferguson Seacabs.
• Maintenance on Australia’s biggest construction vessel, Saipem’s Semac • Opening of Challenger TAFE’s Australian Centre for Energy Process
Barge, after a stint working on the North West Shelf Venture’s second Training (ACEPT) to meet the future demand for skilled workers in the oil
trunkline. and gas industry.
• Fabrication and assembly of Natural Fuels Australia’s 420 tonne biodiesel • Fabrication and assembly of a pipe spool for Woodside Energy Limited’s
plant for Darwin. Enfield project.
• Fabrication and assembly of Australia’s first export oil and gas jacket for • Fabrication and assembly of 2000 tonne jacket structure, topside platform
the Pohokura installation in New Zealand. and piles for Eni Australia Ltd’s Blacktip natural gas project.
• Mobilisation site for dynamically positioned pipe lay vessel, Lorelay, for the
Perseus over Goodwyn development.
Major defence achievements at the AMC since 2003:
• The $60 million conversion of the commercial tanker Delos, into the naval • Establishment of ASC’s $35 million submarine service and repair facility, ASC
replenishment vessel the HMAS Sirius, completed by Tenix. West.
• Weapon system upgrades to the Anzac frigates conducted by Tenix, Thales and • Establishment of Raytheon Australia’s Naval Systems Division in 2005.
the United Group as part of a $500 million project.
• Ongoing alongside ANZAC Frigate maintenance.
• AMC tenant Austal, produced the Royal Australian Navy Armidale Patrol Boats
worth $350 million.
Major resource achievements at the AMC since 2003:
• The CUF was used for the modular construction of a 250 metre, 3000 tonne iron • AGC fabricated two twin cell car dumpers for the Dampier port upgrade project.
ore load-out wharf for Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue Metals Group (FMG). The Metzo designed car dumpers are complex structures weighing over 300
• P&H MinePro and Krupp Australia assembled at the CUF a product stacker for
Comalco’s bauxite operation in Weipa, Queensland. • Cryeng Pty Ltd used the CUF to fabricate two 22 metre long by 3 metre in
diameter, 245,000 litre cryogenic nitrogen tanks, the largest built in Western
• Voest – Alpine used the CUF to assemble two iron ore ship loaders as part of Australia for the HIsmelt plant in Kwinana.
planned export facility upgrades for Rio Tinto.
• Nomad Consolidated utilises the CUF to assemble and store over 100
• AGC and Monadelphous are assembling the conveyer system for the demountables, building on average 200 floors a month for the mining industry.
Boddington Gold Mine expansion, and the CUF also stored the ball mill
crushers for the mine expansion. • Royal Equipment used the CUF for the final assembly and testing of 17 coal
trucks destined for Indonesia’s Bengalon coal mine.
Common User Facility update
BHP’s ore stacker which was transported via the CUF in April.
Ore stacker for Port Hedland to the North West, once again demonstrating the advantages
offered by the CUF for project delivery, from start to finish.
The Common User Facility (CUF) has provided vital
infrastructure for the construction of an ore stacker for BHP Fabrication began in April and a 60 person strong workforce is
Billiton’s Rapid Growth Project 4. expected to complete the project by November.
Built by ThyssenKrupp Engineering Australia, the stacker is
critical to the expansion of BHP Billiton’s port infrastructure Golden opportunity at CUF
at Finucane Island. The unit, which will deposit bulk ore into Ausclad Group of Companies (AGC) has begun another
stockpiles for blending and loading, was loaded onto an 85 major project at the CUF to service milling operations at the
metre by 23 metre barge at the CUF’s loadout wharf in April, Boddington Gold Mine in WA’s South West.
for the journey to Port Hedland. Worth in excess of $100 million, the project comprises the
Fabricated in workshops around Perth, components of the installation of four ball mills, fine ore bins, conveyer systems,
stacker were transported to the CUF where they have been wet screening facilities, cyclones, regrinding, pumps and
assembled into a complete unit for commissioning and piping.
preparation for transport. With no space available on-site at Boddington, the CUF is
being used as an off-site loadout facility to receive, sort and
Sandvik ship loaders pre-assemble steelwork which will be delivered to the mine as
Sandvik Mining and Construction has begun building two required.
new ship loaders to service iron ore ventures in the north of
It is anticipated around 250 AGC staff will be involved in
construction with more than 40 workers already on-site at
Each loader is worth approximately $20 million and the CUF to handle project management, engineering, safety,
when commissioned, will load iron ore at Rio Tinto’s East quality and materials.
Intercourse Island operation and the Cape Lambert project in
The materials will be loaded out via the High Wide Load
Corridor that services the AMC for the duration of the project
A big lift ship will be used to transport the modules directly which should be completed by December 2008.
from the build site at the Australian Marine Complex (AMC)
Tanks that will be transported to the Timor Sea.
Blacktip nears the summit
A new 2000 tonne jacket structure and topside platform to service ENI Big tanks from the CUF
Australia Ltd’s Blacktip natural gas project is set for completion in August. Meanwhile, the Blacktip project
Western Australian engineering firm Ausclad Group of Companies (AGC) also inspired AGC to achieve
began assembly in the main fabrication hall of the Common User Facility another feat of modular
(CUF) in November 2007 and this state-of-the-art facility, along with ample engineering.
laydown area, has enabled the project to progress rapidly. AGC is in the process of completing
Infrastructure at the CUF the civil, mechanical, electrical
will also allow the jacket and design, supply and fabrication of
topside to be loaded directly five process tanks fully completed
onto a heavy lift ship and on transport grillages and shipped
transported to the southern by barge to Blacktip Project
Bonaparte Basin in the Timor Onshore Gas Plant.
Sea, where it will become Measuring more than 18 metres in
critical to Eni’s operations. diameter, 20 metres high and 220
The new platform will tonnes each, these are the largest
transport gas from the tanks to be built for transportation
Blacktip site, approximately in Australia.
100 kilometres west of the The tanks have been designed
Northern Territory coast, in such a way, with the use of a
via a pipeline to an onshore synchronised jacking system, that
processing facility. a crane will not be required for the
Eni is one of the world’s major on-site positioning of the tanks on
integrated energy companies to the concrete ring beams.
operating large gas and power Previously, tanks of this scale
generation infrastructure needed to be built on-site, however
and refining activities as flexible world-class infrastructure
well as oilfield services enabled the work to be completed
and has several operations and shipped from the CUF to the
on the Australian North Timor Sea.
ENI’s Blacktip construction is nearly complete. West Shelf.
Greg Combet, Greg Tunny and Minister
Logan in the main hall of ASC West.
Defence stars alight on the AMC as ASC West opens its doors
An all-star cast turned out to officially open ASC’s new $35 Director General of Submarines Commodore Longbottom said
million submarine support facility at the Australian Marine the level of support available to the Navy was very different
Complex (AMC) in April. when it first came to the West in 1984, to what is available now.
ASC (formerly known as the Australian Submarine “As capable and effective as HMAS STIRLING was, and
Corporation), is the designer and builder of the Royal remains today, it was never well suited to accommodate the
Australian Navy’s Collins Class submarines. It will use shift to contract support that has occurred over the past 10-20
this facility to maintain and upgrade the submarines as years,” the Commodore said.
part of a 25-year Through-Life Support contract with the
“Through the 80s and 90s, the growth of container cities,
Commonwealth of Australia.
demountables and semi permanent workshops was seen as
ASC has had a presence in Western Australia since 1996, and an OH&S challenge but never really checked.
the opening of ASC West merges its three former service
“However, more recent investments by industry as well as
facilities into one consolidated, cutting-edge submarine
State and Federal Governments have reversed this trend and
we have a fine example situated at the AMC.”
Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement
The purpose-built facility is set to inject millions of dollars into
Greg Combet said the new ASC West facility was a pivotal
the Western Australian economy, and will provide an excellent
milestone for Australia’s submarine community and
opportunity for WA workers to gain new skills in a state-of-
represented a major step forward in the delivery of greater
submarine capability and availability.
ASC West’s main hall is undercover with a total space of 2600
“It is impossible to overstate the importance of the Collins
square metres, ample room to work comfortably on the 78
Class submarines to Australia’s security, they are a national
metre, 3000 tonne submarines. The facility will house 185
asset,” Mr Combet said.
employees and have dedicated facilities for Royal Australian
“The billion-dollar Collins Class submarines have, to date, had Navy boat crews and Defence Materiel Organisation personnel.
to be maintained in very difficult conditions, open to dust, sand
Located adjacent to the AMC-Common User Facility (CUF),
ASC West will utilise the open infrastructure for the docking
“This new facility, delivered on time and on budget, and transfer of the submarines.
demonstrates a path to vastly improved submarine support.”
The first submarine is scheduled to be serviced in late 2009
Fully supported by the Australian Defence Force, the new when the new floating dock comes online along with the self
facility will ensure ASC is better equipped to efficiently propelled modular transporters system.
respond to Navy requirements.
Keith Spence, Liz Harris, Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Minister Mark McGowan at ACEPT’s official opening.
ACEPT to supply highly trained oil and gas workers
Australian Centre for Energy and Process Training (ACEPT) has “ACEPT links directly with companies in these industries, so
been officially opened by Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard these companies can send their staff for training at the new
and Western Australian Minister for Education and Training centre, in addition to the many traineeship programs already
Mark McGowan. available,” Mr McGowan said.
ACEPT will provide world-class training for people wanting Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association
to enter the oil and gas, mineral and chemical processing (APPEA) director for NT, People and Security Don Sanders
industries. said the centre was a fabulous improvement and was whole-
heartedly supported by APPEA.
Ms Gillard said ACEPT was the only training centre in Australia
offering facilities of this kind. “We will be encouraging all of our members to send their
students and/or employees to the centre to complete training,”
“With the demand for resources and minerals personnel at a
Mr Sanders said.
high, the development of ACEPT is critically important for the
future of the oil and gas, mineral and chemical processing “Unless we start training now, we are not going to get the level
industries,” Ms Gillard said. of skill needed for people to operate the multi-billion-dollar
equipment that is used in the oil and gas workplace.”
“Apart from playing a significant role in WA, it forms part of the
national training agenda and has already attracted international There are 250 students currently enrolled at ACEPT, which will
interest.” also play a role in delivering training for defence industries
based at the Australian Marine Complex.
Mr McGowan said the facility combined TAFEWA providers and
private sector interests to provide a ‘one-stop shop’ for the The centre forms part of Challenger TAFE and is jointly funded
training needs of industry. by the Australian Government ($13 million), the WA Government
($6 million) and industry ($2 million).
Young Achiever Award 2008 celebrates new talent
The Australian Industry and Defence
Network WA (AIDN - WA) and the
Defence Industry Skills Unit (DISU)
are giving young defence industry
specialists an opportunity to compete
in the AIDN-WA Young Achiever Award
The AIDN - WA award is designed to
encourage a younger generation of
skilled employees into the booming
marine and defence sector. It also
reinforces that age is no barrier to
achieving excellence and knowledge,
as well as promotes what the State’s
talented young people are achieving.
The award is a national and State
initiative and is open to all members of
the defence industry aged 30 years and
State finalists will travel to the ADM
Defence Summit Awards Dinner in (L-R) Angela Griffin, Graham Priestnall, Paul Andrews MLA, Hon Francis Logan, Paul Papalia CSC MLA,
Canberra in February 2009, while the Liz Harris, and Peter Horobin at the launch of Young Achievers Award.
overall national winner will be offered a
place on the next Defence Industry and
Study Course (DISC). Further information
The WA marine and defence industry currently employs More information and application forms can be found
more than 3000 people directly and 20,000 indirectly, and at www.aidn.org.au
has generated $1.1 billion for the local economy. Skilled
Applications close at 5pm, Friday 3 October 2008.
professionals are needed to address present and future
industry demand and our younger generation are the key
to solving this demand.
Industry and State Government commitment to the Common User Facility (CUF) has been
re-confirmed at a recent meeting between Minister Francis Logan, senior representatives
of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU), the Communications Electrical
Plumbing Union (CEPU), the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and AMC Management.
These stakeholders re-confirmed their commitment to the future of the CUF with
the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU sets the scene for
a cooperative Employee/Industrial Relations approach that will ensure the CUF is
positioning Western Australia as an employer of choice in this increasingly competitive
economy. The MOU will help to continue to generate ongoing employment and security of
employment for WA workers.
The MOU was first signed in 2002 and has been instrumental in the success of the CUF.
The AMWU, CEPU and AMC Management were the first signatories of the MOU. The MUA
was added to the new MOU after they indicated earlier this year that they would also like
to join the MOU.
Students get a leg up to future careers
It might not be rocket science, but primary school students “ACEPT, which is also home to the DISU, is world-class in the
from across Fremantle and the Peel region will have the technologies featured onsite and will play a vital role in
opportunity to experience new technologies which may steer bringing more young people through the marine, process and
them onto their future career paths. defence industries.”
Scitech and the Defence Industry Skills Unit (DISU), based at
the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) Technology Precinct, Image below: Year 7 students from Rockingham Beach Primary School
will host a special series of workshops designed to introduce with Liz Harris, Minister Paul Papalia CSC, Pepita Bulloch,
young people to science-related careers relevant to local Malcolm Moore and Ian Bosch, on tour of the AMC-CUF.
industries including marine,
process and defence.
Scitech Director of Science
Partnerships Paul Nicholls said
the CSIRO Lab-on-Legs program
was a great way to raise awareness
among young people about the
many opportunities created by
science in the workplace.
“Lab-on-Legs is very hands-on
and is an interactive learning
experience for the year six and
seven students who participate.
It sets up experiments and allows
the students to use logic and
creativity to solve problems,”
Mr Nicholls said.
“Science has an ever-increasingly
important role in developing better
ways of doing things and helping to
advance whole industries as well
“We think it is vital that students
are exposed to the opportunities
that exist for them within local
industries; many of which
have a long term future in the
The CSIRO Lab-on-Legs program
will feature a mobile laboratory;
hands-on activities related to
marine and earth sciences;
Scitech’s mobile science exhibits;
and tours of the AMC and a
Royal Australian Navy frigate.
The workshops will be held at
Challenger TAFE’s Australian
Centre for Process and Energy
Training (ACEPT) and will use its
fully operational process train.
“ACEPT is a purpose-built learning
centre which provides an ideal
backdrop for the Lab-on-Legs
activities,” Mr Nicholls said.
“Our aim is to help create
pathways for young people
who want to pursue a science-
related career by sparking their
interest and introducing them to
a wonderful educational facility
like ACEPT where they can expand
their knowledge in future years.
WA cruises to big wins
companies at the Australian
Marine Complex (AMC)
are proving they’re at the
forefront of the nation’s
boating industry after
winning several Australian
Marine Awards and
The Australian Marine
Awards recognise Australia’s
and importers of vessels,
innovative products and
exporters associated with
recreational boating, while
the Australian Superyacht
Awards focus is on
excellence in superyacht
construction, refit and
The 10 metre Naiad that won Kirby Marine the Australian Boat of the Year Award.
The award ceremonies, held in May, showcased the “The same surveyed hull is being sought after for pleasure and
outstanding craftsmanship being displayed by the State’s fishing boats.”
boating manufacturers. Also successful at the awards was Ledge Point based
At the Australian Marine Awards two companies based at the Evolution Boat Builders, which won Boat of the Year for
AMC, Kirby Marine Fabrication and LeisureCat Australia, each “fishing trailerable-aluminium under six metres” with its
won an award as well as Evolution Boat Builders. Evolution Outsider 520 vessel.
Kirby Marine Fabrication won Australian Boat of the Year Chris Prince from Evolution Boat Builders said he was a one
Award for “cruiser-trailerable aluminium over six metres” man operation and that his philosophy was to produce top-
category with its 10 metre Naiad. quality, custom-designed vessels that meet customers’ needs.
Dubbed the four-wheel-drive of the year, the winning boat is The State’s success travelled even further with Hanseatic
the pleasure craft version of the pursuit vessel operated by the Marine, located in the heart of the AMC, receiving the award
WA Police. for “Excellence in the Construction of a New Superyacht”
It is also the first vessel in Australia to sport a twin
configuration of Yamaha’s latest 350 horse power V8 outboard The company’s 73 metre superyacht, Silver, is made from
engines. light weight aluminium. With elegant and simple non-complex
shapes, Silver is sleek and clean. A fine entry bow with narrow
Company Principle Rob Kirby said the vessel was a product of beam simplicity was the key in the design.
continual feedback and discussion with previous and present
owners. Other WA winners at the Australian Superyacht Awards
included Sam Sorgiovanni, who was recognised for his
“We continuously look to streamline our construction process excellence in design, and Donald B Johnston, the founder
and endeavour to set a high standard of quality Australian of Oceanfast, who was the first inductee into the Award’s Hall
products,” he said. of Fame.
“We have great team loyalty with expertise in structural,
architectural and marine fabrication. This has been a
tremendous joint effort by all of them and we are very proud to
win this award.”
LeisureCat Australia was successful with its LeisureCat 8000
Sportsfisher, winning Boat of the Year for the “fishing non-
trailerable in the up to 10 metre” category.
LeisureCat Australia Sales Manager Kevin Horsley said the
aim of the company was to build a spacious, strong, seaworthy
vessel with great stability and performance.
“In just a few short years we have been able to refine the
design or power catamarans and our range can now be found
right around the world as our export market grows and more
vessels are used by rescue, police and custom authorities,”
he said. The award winning Hanseatic Marine superyacht, Silver.
Road ahead positive for oil and gas industry
Oil and Gas Industry
(OGICC) will develop an
Industry Road Map that
will set an agenda to
support the future of the
oil and gas industry.
The Australian oil
and gas industry will
growth in the next
15 to 20 years, due
to major projects off
the North West coast
including Pluto, Pilbara
Ichthys, Browse Basin
The council, which
recently held its
third meeting, will
develop the road map
as a long term vision
from now until 2020.
It will be used to
assess the technology
requirements of major
oil and gas projects,
with a view to possible
cost-savings from the Deployment of a deep water diver-less manifold at a subsea oil and gas project. Image courtesy of DOF Subsea.
sharing of resources.
The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration OGICC members
Association’s (APPEA) Western Australian Chair, Colin Beckett, • Hon Francis Logan, MLA (Chair)
said the council will set a plan for the sustainable future of the • Colin Beckett – WA Chair, APPEA
industry and complementary services. • John Brazier – WA State Manager,
Australian Steel Institute
“Currently, operators are working on oil and gas projects • Richard Clark – General Manager,
independently and there is no clear picture of their combined AMC Management (WA) Pty Ltd
infrastructure requirements or the service capabilities that • Jonathon Edwards – Business Development Director,
will be needed to construct and maintain these projects,” Well Ops SEA Pty Ltd
Mr Beckett said. • Jock Ferguson – State Secretary,
Australian Manufacturing Workers Union
“A road map will identify opportunities and challenges for • Dr Ian Finnie – Chief Executive, WA:ERA
the industry and look at ways to maximise infrastructure • Lee Gillette – WEL FA Manager, FMC Technologies
investment and capitalise on the State’s service capabilities.” • Peter Hood – CEO, Coogee Resources Ltd
• Reg Howard-Smith – Chief Executive,
The council has set a list of five priorities that will help to guide Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA
the industry and establish Western Australia as a world-class • Eve Howell – Executive Vice President NWS, Woodside
centre for oil and gas engineering, production, fabrication, Energy
research and development, and subsea engineering, • Roy Krzywosinski – Managing Director,
manufacturing and maintenance servicing. Chevron Australia
• Marco Mosole – Operations Manager, PIC Pty Ltd
The council will also use focus groups to undertake further • Gary Napier – GHD Oil and Gas Group Manager,
investigation and actions. The council was formed to provide a GHD PCT Engineers
forum for government and industry leaders to discuss strategic • John O’Hare, General Manager, Department of Industry
issues facing the sector in WA. and Resources
• Enda O’Sullivan – Secretary, Subsea
The brochure, Western Australian Oil and Gas Industry – Building Underwater Technology
employment and business opportunities for Western Australia, is • Dave Robinson – Secretary, Unions WA
now available, detailing the council’s vision and priorities. • Giordana Santellani – Operations Manager,
ENI Australia Ltd
For a copy of the new booklet, contact Janet Want, Project • John Sheridan – Managing Director,
Officer from the Department of Industry and Resources, on Ausclad Group of Companies Ltd
+61 8 9222 0449 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org. • Tim Wall – Managing Director, Apache Energy Ltd
Perth to host two new subsea technical conferences
Momentum is building to establish the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) as a subsea oil and gas centre of excellence in the Asia
Pacific region, and the State Government is continuing to support this direction through the sponsorship of two conferences devoted
to subsea technologies.
With a renewed focus on deepwater exploration between 1500 and 3000 metres, both conferences are appropriate for the current
climate. WA’s rich resources reserves and talented industry, makes WA the perfect location to host these two events. The conferences
will further stimulate WA’s oil and gas industry and promote the State’s capabilities and exploration potential to the world.
The next generation of deepwater challenges showcased in Perth
The Deep Offshore Technology (DOT)
Conference is coming to Perth this
December. One of the most significant
deepwater technology events in the
world, now in its twentieth year, DOT
will address nearly every technology
issue that a deepwater operator may
The conference will bring together the
world’s leading executives, managers,
and engineers from major and
independent oil and gas companies
to share knowledge with key people
involved in groundbreaking technology
Australia, and WA in particular, is one
of the most challenging exploration
and production operating regions in
the world and is perfectly placed to
contribute to this conference.
The Department of Industry and
Resources is sponsoring DOT and will
have a booth at the event.
The 20th Deep Offshore Technology
(DOT) International Conference &
Exhibition is open from 3 – 5 December
at the Perth Convention Exhibition
For more information please visit Diver performing stinger checks during pipelay operations.
SUT Perth puts WA in the subsea spotlight
Western Australia will showcase the technical challenges and the most value for delegates currently participating in the
solutions of the subsea industry when it hosts the Society for industry.”
Underwater Technology’s (SUT) inaugural Subsea Technical
Themes to be discussed at the conference include innovations
Conference in 2009.
such as smart wells; deepwater production and long
SUT Treasurer Keith Bentley said SUT is committed to distance tie-backs; subsea-to-beach technology; and subsea
delivering a conference of real technical merit. processing and boosting.
“The new frontier is deep-water exploration and new Other topics include risk, reliability, availability and
technologies and techniques are needed to further explore and maintenance; lightwell intervention; metocean, umbilicals
study the world’s oceans and to identify the natural resources and moorings; soils and data gathering; underwater tools and
that can be found there,” Mr Bentley said. AUV’s; pipelines and risers.
“This two-day conference will further explore the potential of The conference will run in parallel with one of the largest oil
subsea exploration and development with major oil and gas and gas exhibitions in the world, the Australasian Oil & Gas
representatives from around the world.” Exhibition (AOG).
The Subsea Technical Conference was conceived by leading AOG and the 1st Annual Subsea Technical Conference will be
subsea industry representatives on the SUT Perth committee. staged at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre from
17 – 19 February 2009.
“SUT Perth is comprised of key individuals with many years of
experience and knowledge within the subsea arena,” he said. More information can be found at www.aogexpo.com.au and
“The committee carefully selected special technical themes
that reflect current industry challenges and that will create
AMC Tenant update
Cat to take on the rough water conditions of the NW
A tender to build a new catamaran that will patrol and regulate
the Shark Bay fishing area in the North West of WA has been
awarded to Elite Marine, located in the AMC’s Support Industry
The company won the tender to build the 12.9 metre Aluminium
Catamaran for the Department of Fisheries after designing
a vessel that could withstand the sometimes rough and
unpredictable conditions of the ocean in the State’s North West.
The new vessel is scheduled for launch in July.
Elite Marine Director Brett Sullivan said the company designed
a vessel that would be suitable for the conditions that the two
man Fisheries crew would have to endure while on patrols. A drawing of Elite Marine’s new catamaran.
“The cat features a unique wave breaker and a high tunnel,
giving the vessel greater lift so it can power through heavy seas
without sacrificing speed,” Mr Sullivan said.
“Licensed to carry 12 people, the cat has been fabricated and Elite Marine
designed using the strict standards set under the USL Survey 20 Jessie Lee St
Code. The next step is sea trials and then delivery to the Henderson WA 6166
Department.” Phone: +61 8 9437 5679
Elite Marine is also working on two 8.7 metre catamarans for Email: email@example.com
the Department of Environment and Conservation and has just Website: www.elitemarineboatbuilders.com
started fabricating a 10 metre Mono hull jet boat for Kalbarri
Ocean Extreme Tours.
Second workshop on its way
Phillips Engineering, owned by Eric Phillips, has been providing “Phillips has recently completed the fabrication of an
its clients with high quality work on-time and on-budget for over underground vault and conveyor for the heaviest haul railway
45 years. Couple its modern facilities with its vast experience line and port in the world at FMG’s Cloudbreak mine site,”
and the company is the right choice for getting the job done. he said.
Phillips Engineering, located in the Fabrication Precinct at the “We are also working on the fabrication and installation of
AMC, is a steel fabrication and general engineering company the side walls for the AMC’s new floating dock. The six large
that has been involved in some of the State’s biggest resource modules will be delivered to site early next year ready for
Estimator and Project Manager Rohan Eicke said Phillips “To cope with this increased demand for our services, we are
Engineering had been involved in the fabrication of the feed currently building a second workshop nearby our current
prep’s second skin on the South Mine at the TiWest – Cooljarloo premises. This will allow us to take on even more work and
Mine Site in Cataby. allow our employees to work in more comfortable conditions.”
“The replacement of the second skin meant fabricating and Phillips Engineering’s additional workshop at number
transporting it in four large sections and joining them together 19 Egmont Road is now open for business.
on site,” Mr Eicke said.
has also worked on
the Cloudbreak Iron Contact information
Ore Infrastructure Phillips Engineering
Project in the Pilbara. 5 Egmont Road
The project recently Henderson WA 6166
began transporting Phone: +61 8 9437 4100
iron ore from the E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
mine site to Port Website: www.phillipsengineering.com.au
Phillips Engineering provided an underground vault and conveyor
for FMG’s Cloudbreak mine site.
The Vikal limousine in the water. Image courtesy of Armada.
WA marine limousines impress the world
One of the most spectacular superyachts to cruise the seas The reputation of Vikal International, located in Bibra Lake,
is doing so with two magnificent tenders that were built right has gone before it and its spectacular tender vessels are
here in Western Australia. increasingly gaining international attention.
Said to outshine anything that has gone before it, the 67 metre A tender garage beneath Anna’s foredeck stores the two 8.5
superyacht, Anna, is a masterpiece in superyacht design metre Vikal tenders. More like marine limousines, the tenders
and fit-out. Built by one of the world’s oldest and respected are built to meet the needs of the client and feature leather
superyacht builders, Feadship’s De Vries, Anna comes with a interiors.
helideck, spa pool, gym, 18 crew and four tender vessels – two
of which were built in WA.
DoIR may come knocking at your door Improved telecommunications
The Department of Industry and Resources will soon be at the AMC now available
conducting an extensive survey of Western Australia’s marine The AMC Telstra Exchange Facility is now
industry. operational and will service AMC tenants.
The survey – a who, what, when and where of the marine The exchange will enable tenants to access
industry – aims to identify the size and shape of the industry. new Telstra services that were not previously
General Manager of Marine and Defence at the department
John O’Hare said the survey would map the local industry, The exchange was constructed to ensure timely
something that had not been done before. provision of fibre optic and broadband services
to purchasers and leaseholders within the AMC
“This survey will provide both government and industry with a and the Marine Support Precinct.
thorough set of data that can be used to better inform major
stakeholders in making decisions that will be of benefit to the As part of an agreement to accelerate
industry,” Mr O’Hare said. the provision of these services, LandCorp
undertook to construct and service the
“There is a lack of hard statistics on our local marine industry exchange facility for Telstra.
and we want to document evidence of the successes as well
as identify future needs. The survey will give a clear picture The AMC Telstra Exchange Facility is located in
of the growth of the marine industry in WA and better enable the area south of Quill Way.
industry to highlight its economic importance when lobbying For more information contact Telstra on
governments for support.” 1800 125 593 for sales enquiries, 132 000
In the near future the department will be seeking feedback for business phones or visit www.telstra.com.
from members of the marine industry, many of whom are AMC au/business/help/contactus/index.htm
tenants. Take this opportunity to be a part of your local marine
Land sales update
Support Industry Precinct: Stage 3 sold out – Stage 4 on the way
The Australian Marine Complex (AMC) has experienced growth marine and defence industries. It is likely exciting developer
of more than 25 per cent as new ventures continue to identify opportunities will be made available for high quality workshops
the AMC’s Support Industry Precinct as the ideal location to do fronting Cockburn Road.
As part of the AMC Support Industry Precinct development,
The Support Industry Precinct is home to some of Western around six hectares of native bushland will undergo
Australia’s leading suppliers of marine and engineering rehabilitation work valued at more than $1 millon.
services including luxury boat designer Evolution Yachts,
leading aluminium boat builder Trailcraft, seating specialist Fabrication Precinct: Subsea cluster
Beurteaux and industrial gas supplier Air Liquide. LandCorp is actively progressing development plans to service
the fast-growing subsea oil and gas industry.
Recent land releases have paved the way for 26 new businesses
to purchase lots or establish themselves at the precinct The cluster is likely to feature 17 lots of up to three hectares
including a variety of engineering, logistics and consultancy and will include both freehold and leasehold opportunities.
firms from Australia and overseas. LandCorp expects that an area with access to a high-wide-
load corridor and adjacent to the AMC-CUF would ideally suit
Polysius, a subsidiary of German engineering company significant players within the industry.
ThyssenKrup, has purchased three lots within the precinct and
is set to invest $20 million to build a new service centre for LandCorp is negotiating with a number of Registration of
refurbishing high pressure grinding rolls used on mine sites. Interest respondents and anticipates that remaining lots will be
The centre will house around 80 workers. advertised for sale by the end of 2008.
LandCorp General Manager Operations Mike Moloney said the Fabrication Precinct: Prime leasehold lots
injection of new business is a measure of confidence in the LandCorp is now accepting enquiries for the short and long
AMC and an endorsement of the State Government’s strategic term lease of southern lots adjoining the CUF, adjacent to the
approach. ASC West site. Applications will only be accepted from suitable
businesses which can demonstrate their need for direct
“This clustering of industries and specialised services provides waterfront access and relationship to the CUF operations.
an environment conducive to collaboration, innovation and
quality project delivery which is a massive draw card for
prospective new tenants,” Mr Moloney said.
More lots will soon be available in the precinct, as planning is Further information
currently underway for the release of Stage 4 land. Fronting For more information about current land releases within
Cockburn Road, this is an important stage for the Support the AMC visit www.australianmarinecomplex.com.au or
Industry Precinct as land becomes more limited. contact selling agents Ben Widdowson or Matthew Lyford
at Watchtower Real Estate on +61 8 9478 5777 or
Pre-sales for Stage 4 are expected to commence in the third Rocco Demaio at Jones Lang Laselle on +61 8 9322 5111.
quarter of 2008. Special Use criteria apply and lots will only
be available to compatible companies in the oil and gas,
The AMC from above with a focus on the new land for sale at the Support Industry Precinct.
AMC company profile
Ocean Industries (WA) Pty Ltd solving the problems of the deep
Only the most experienced engineering
professionals can take on the hostile
environments encountered by the maritime,
subsea and mining industries. Western
Australia is fortunate to have one such
company right on its doorstep.
Ocean Industries specialise in the concept,
design and manufacture of precision
engineered equipment and tooling for the
marine, oil and gas, and high pressure water
and hydraulic industries.
Located at the Australian Marine Complex
(AMC), Ocean Industries is finding solutions
for the complicated and demanding
conditions faced by these industries each day.
Ocean Industries General Manager Neil
Thrum said the ocean environment was hard
to navigate and the company’s equipment
was designed to make it easier and safer for
work to be carried out underwater.
“Ocean Industries has years of experience
solving problems for industries involved in
underwater projects,” Mr Thrum said.
“You could say we embrace the challenges
of the deep.
“We analyse the company’s requirements
and formulate an appropriate solution, using
the most technically advanced materials, A CNC lathe machining components in Ocean Industries workshop.
CNC machining and fitting technologies.”
the team was also dedicated to providing the highest quality
Sophisticated CNC machining equipment allows the team to manufacturing and after-sales service for the specialised
machine components accurately, fast and in multiple lots, for equipment in use at sites throughout the world.
most on-site equipment.
One of its unique products is an underwater machine that can
Having worked with clients all over the world, Ocean Industries transplant seagrass. Another is its design of the first Remote
has established an international reputation for precision Controlled Robotic Descale Manipulator - a remotely operated
engineering. tool with a high pressure water jet on the end of an extendable
Ocean Industries has supported L-3 Nautronix to design a and rotating arm.
state-of-the-art piece of equipment that will revolutionise “This removes the human presence from dangerous
underwater diving operations. environments in alumina refineries, making the workplace a lot
The L-3 Nautronix MUCS unit (Mine Countermeasures safer,” Mr Thrum said.
Underwater Computer System) is an underwater computer for Ocean Industries was also contracted to manufacture and
the Royal Australian Navy’s divers. The MUCS unit provides assemble jumper plates and riser connectors for subsea
accurate 3D navigation and long range communications under well-heads for Aker Solutions, formerly Aker Kvaerner.
the water, so divers can access and record data to successfully
complete complex diving tasks in a short amount of time. Ocean Industries expert capabilities include design, CNC
machining, fit out, marinising and shape moulding of equipment.
“Ocean Industries carried out the mechanical design and They also hire out a range of specialised equipment.
manufacture of the MUCS housings including the initial
development, first production and supply of all the mechanical
components,” Mr Thrum said.
L-3 Nautronix Managing Director Mike Gallagher, said the Contact information
company had enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Ocean Neil Thrum
Industries. Ocean Industries (WA) Pty Ltd
8 Sparks Road
“Over the years we have called upon them to help us with Henderson, Perth, WA 6166
the mechanical design of numerous undersea projects. The Phone: +61 8 9410 1088
relationship we have formed is mutually beneficial and most Fax: +61 8 9410 1579
importantly, delivers a superior product for our clients.” Email: email@example.com
Mr Thrum said the variety of work that the company completed Website: www.oceanindustries.com.au
was testament to its experience and knowledge. He said
AMC company profile
Aquastack Marina – One-stop and you are cruising
If owning a boat appeals but the maintenance puts you
off, then the new boat and trailer stacking facility at the
Australian Marine Complex (AMC) could have you cruising
the waters without the fuss.
Aquastack Marina is a secure, one-stop-shop for all boating
enthusiasts. It provides repair, servicing, maintenance and
boat and trailer stacking, as well as launch and retrieval
services, for boats sized 18 - 33 feet.
Likened to a valet service for boats, Aquastack’s crew can
take all the hard work out of owning a boat so owners can
enjoy more time on the water.
Aquastack Marina’s Director Luke Clayton said they offer
clients a complete package, so all they have to do is get in
and turn the key.
“Not only do we offer boat storage, our team and I can
organise and deliver your boat to a nominated boat ramp.
We will then pick it up, wash it down, flush the engines and
stack it away,” Mr Clayton said.
“Our quick turn-around time means clients can call us one
hour before they want to head out and we will have their boat
ready for them to hit the water.
“We have ice, drinks, fuel and can even organise catering.”
Aquastack offers complete packages – gold and platinum,
which can be customised to suit every lifestyle and budget.
Unlike other boat storage facilities, Aquastack’s
revolutionary stacking system allows your boat and trailer to
be stored in its purposely built racking system.
“Our purpose-built forklift can carry up to 25 tonnes and we
can fit 220 small, medium and large sized boats and trailers
with ease,” he said. Aquastack Marina’s purpose-built forklift stacks a 30 foot boat.
A security coded gate system for individual clients offers
a secure location as well as easy access in and out of the
marina. Other benefits include some protection from WA’s
harsh weather conditions, reduced maintenance costs, and Contact information
less depreciation for your boat. Luke Clayton
Other than being boat crazy, the crew at Aquastack have 42 Jessie Lee Street
more than 60 years boating experience between them. Henderson, Perth, WA 6166
Aquastack is only minutes away from the Woodman Point Phone: +61 8 9437 6332
Boat Ramp and conveniently located close to other popular Mobile: +61 4 17 222 203
Perth boat ramps in East Fremantle and Rockingham. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A sneak peak at what Aquastack
Marina’s Platinum Package offers:
• 24/7 on-site security.
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• Fuel topped up before every trip
So if you have some news or a story to tell about
(charged to account). what your company is up to at the AMC contact:
• Engine pre-start check before every trip. Department of Industry and Resources
Phone: +61 8 9222 3383
• Boat wash down after every trip. Email: email@example.com
• Engine flush after every trip.
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