HENDERSON, Western Australia -- Strategic Marine Pty. Ltd. has been awarded a A$60-million ($47.5-million) contract to build a floating dock for the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson, Western Australia.
The 99 m x 53 m (325 ft x 174 ft) structure will be able to provide land transfer of docked vessels up to 3,500 metric tons (3,858 tons), with the capacity to lift 12,000-metric-ton (13,228-ton) vessels out of the water for service and maintenance work. Planning and Infrastructure minister, Alannah MacTiernan, says the floating dock is expected to inject well over A$2 billion ($1.6 billion) into the state's economy over the next 25 years.
The sidewalls of the dock containing the control systems and running machinery will be constructed in Western Australia, while the base pontoon will be constructed at Strategic Marine's facility in Vietnam and transported to Henderson for consolidation with the side walls. Over 1,000 metric tons (1,102.3 tons) of steel work is scheduled to be completed in Western Australia, as well as the integration of all machinery, electronics, and ballasting systems.
Delivery is scheduled for mid-2009.
"The AMC project would have to rate as one of the more impressive government contracts in Strategic Marine's history," says Mark Newbold, Strategic Marine chairman. "Strategic Marine is certainly no stranger to large government contracts, having delivered over 140 patrol vessels to various government agencies around the world, totaling over A$180 million ($142 million).
The floating dock project is a key component of the government's A$174.3-million ($138-million) commitment to infrastructure upgrades at the AMC.