NSW government supports marine manufacturers for PACIFIC 2019

Smart maritime defence systems manufacturers are getting a boost from the NSW government ahead of PACIFIC 2019.

The international maritime exposition will bring defence and marine technology enterprises to Sydney in October and the NSW government is hoping that its support will allow local businesses to close sales with overseas companies and representatives.

“NSW defence and maritime companies will be exhibiting to win global export sales and we will be directly supporting 16 of them on our stand to open doors and close deals,” said Minister for Industry, John Barilaro.

One of those companies hoping to get attendees to sign on the dotted line is Ocius Technology. The NSW company has developed an unmanned surface vessel (USV), which it demonstrated for Barilaro on Sydney harbour.

The device, known as “Bob”, can provide ocean surveillance for defence, offshore energy, and science uses. The vehicle relies only upon local energy sources, such as the sun, wind, and waves for its operation, and can operate freely and indefinitely in any of the world’s oceans.

“Ocius Technology is a fantastic example of the smart systems for which NSW is renowned and its Bluebottle prototypes continue to impress in naval trials,” said NSW defence advocate John Harvey.

According to chairman of Ocius Technology, Mark Bethwaite, the market for similar technology that does not require the presence of an individual could grow to $4 billion by 2020 in the defence sector alone.

“Ocius is already working with two major private sector partners to develop USVs capable of performing specific high value applications in hydrography and defence,” said Bethwaite.

At the previous PACIFIC exhibition, which was also held in Sydney, 546 exhibitors showcased their wares to more than 16,700 attendees, including 79 senior military and industrial delegations. In total, 53 countries were represented at the exhibition.

“PACIFIC is one of the best opportunities we have as a state to showcase the existing strengths and capabilities of the NSW defence sector and our local industry,” said Barilaro.