ASC Shipbuilding, the builder of Australia’s most advanced surface combatants the Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers, has announced a partnership with Perth-based Forgacs Marine & Defence Pty Ltd (Forgacs, owned by Civmec Construction and Engineering Pty Ltd (Civmec) to offer a low risk, commercial shipbuilding solution for the Offshore Patrol Vessel program.
ASC Shipbuilding today confirmed that international ship designers, Damen of the Netherlands and Lürssen of Germany, had both selected the Australian shipbuilder and Forgacs as their preferred partners for the OPV program, should either be awarded the tender later this year.
Mark Lamarre, Chief Executive Officer -ASC Shipbuilding, said the OPV build would create more than 300 ASC Shipbuilding jobs at its peak, with the company well-placed to provide a highly skilled shipbuilding team with experience on the Air Warfare Destroyer program.
“As Australia’s only proven builder of major warships, ASC Shipbuilding’s experience and capacity has been recognised as part of the Lürssen and Damen tenders. We welcome the opportunity to deliver a low-risk, commercial shipbuilding solution, in partnership with Forgacs, to the winning designer,” said Mr Lamarre.
“The ASC Shipbuilding-Forgacs solution will deliver on the Government’s enterprise approach to naval shipbuilding, with the initial OPVs built in South Australia to retain shipbuilding capability until the start of construction for SEA 5000 Future Frigatesfrom 2020, followed by continuous minor warship construction in Western Australia,” said Mr Lamarre.
In support of the Government’s objectives, the proposed shipbuilding solution will see a highly skilled and experienced shipbuilding team deliver the initial OPVs in South Australia, in partnership with the designer, and then selected shipbuilders will transfer to Western Australia and join a state-of-the-art Forgacs shipbuilding capability in that state, where the remaining OPVs will be built.
Supported by the designers, ASC Shipbuilding last month signed a memorandum of understanding with Forgacs to establish a Joint Venture (JV) company to construct OPVs, should Lürssen or Damen be successful in winning the OPV tender. Mr Lamarre said ASC Shipbuilding was delighted to partner with Forgacs, backed by the experience and successful record of Civmec as a proven, highly efficient fabrication company active in the marine and oil and gas sectors.
“The proposed ASC Shipbuilding-Forgacs JV will build on the partners’ existing capabilities to establish a significant additional shipbuilding capability for the nation in WA.
We are well- placed to efficiently construct OPV platforms as well as support other minor warship construction for Australia,” said Mr Lamarre.
The ASC Shipbuilding-Forgacs shipbuilding solution provides:
-- Demonstrated experience in building complex steel-hulled warships to ensure low risk production in SA and WA.
--OPVs built at high levels of productivity at the proven shipyard at Techport, Osborne SA, and a modern, highly efficient, purpose-built shipbuilding facility in Henderson, WA.
--A low-risk solution to production transfer between SA and WA, through skills and knowledge transfer between the JV partners.
-- A lean and commercial approach to ensure a competitive long term shipbuilding capability is developed in WA in support of the Government’s goals for national shipbuilding.
-- A collaborative approach to working with the OPV designer and the Government to develop a highly skilled shipbuilding capability in SA and WA.
-- ASC Shipbuilding is Australia’s largest warship builder, as the lead shipbuilder of Australia’s most complex major warships, the Air Warfare Destroyers.
--ASC Shipbuilding currently employs approximately 1200 skilled and experienced personnel across skilled trade, supervisor, engineering and project management roles, at Techport in South Australia.
--Since mid-2015 the Air Warfare Destroyer program has met all project milestones and budget targets and “exceeded expectations”, according to the Federal Government.
--ASC Shipbuilding is achieving a 60 per cent efficiency improvement for the third ship under contract, compared to the first ship under contract (as at end of February).
--ASC Shipbuilding is on track to reach international shipyard productivity benchmarks by the delivery of ship 03 in 2019.
--Hobart successfully completed sea trials this year and is set to be accepted by the Commonwealth in June, and commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy later in the year.
--Brisbane,was launched in December 2016 and will commence sea trials in the next year.
--Sydney is being consolidated on the hardstand at Techport, South Australia.
ASC Shipbuilding is the shipbuilding arm of the ASC group, which includes ASC Pty Ltd, Australia’s sovereign submarine company which, as part of the Australian Submarine Enterprise with the Navy and Department of Defence, ensures the sovereign maintenance of the Collins Class submarine fleet.
Forgacs is an integrated, multi-disciplined fabrication and engineering services provider to the maritime and defence sectors in Australia. Civmec acquired the Forgacs name, shipyard facilities and assets located in Newcastle, New South Wales, in early 2016. Civmec is an integrated, multi-disciplinary construction and engineering services provider to the oil and gas, metals and minerals, infrastructure and Defence sectors.