Leaders of the South Australian Defence industry joined the South Australian Government to visit shipyards in Singapore over the weekend to gain a greater understanding of the companies’ capabilities to build Australia’s Pacific Patrol Boat project.
Naval shipbuilder Singapore Technologies Marine (ST Marine) and Global engineering and construction company Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) have engaged Adelaide Ship Construction International (ASCI) in their bid for the project.
Defence Teaming Centre leader Chris Burns said, “This is all part of retaining and building a sustainable industry based on a long-term national shipbuilding strategy that incorporates the continuous construction philosophy, rather than the current ad-hoc stop-start, project by project approach.”
Under the tender which closed in June this year, the Commonwealth requires up to 21 steel-hull replacement vessels for Australia’s Pacific neighbours, budgeted at $600 million, in addition to through-life sustainment and personnel costs estimated at $8 million per year.
In the last two decades ASCI has built more than 60 commercial steel-hulled vessels that are of a similar size and complexity to those now required under the pacific patrol boat replacement program.