SA Defence industry leaders visit Singapore shipyard in support of Adelaide sector

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.