Yesterday, 7 December 2009, Defence released a Request for Tender for modification of the Royal Australian Navy tanker HMAS Success to achieve International Maritime Organisation compliance. The conversion involves the installation of a second hull internal to the ship which will reduce the risk of cargo spillage in the event of a serious incident. It is intended that potential contractors selected in an Invitation to Register Interest, conducted in early 2009, may respond and contribute to this project.
The complex modifications will be undertaken to ensure the operational flexibility of the ship will not be impeded and world’s best practice for the protection of the marine environment is achieved. Success will continue to provide valuable national and overseas service to the nation in an era when more stringent regulations for prevention of marine pollution have been introduced by the International Maritime Organisation.
The Royal Australian Navy is committed to exemplary environmental stewardship and will have a fully compliant double hull tanker fleet when HMAS Success re-enters service after this conversion in 2011. HMAS Sirius was commissioned in 2006 as the Navy’s first double hulled tanker.
Potential contractors for this conversion include both Australian and overseas ship yards, and in some cases Australian and overseas companies are planning to enter into a partnership.
This decision reflects the ongoing Defence commitment to compliance with all applicable civilian regulations, high standards of organisational governance and best practice of corporate and international citizenship.