Award of the Royal Australian Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) program, in contract with Luerssen Australia, represents a significant step forward in establishing our capability in this sector.
Our substantial investment in the construction of a state-of-the-art shipbuilding and maintenance facility in Henderson, designed to be one of the most efficient and innovative in the world, will deliver a new world-class resource to the Australian maritime landscape and significantly enhance the capability available at the Australian Marine Complex in Western Australia. The 53,000 sqm (gross), 18-storey high, purpose-built facility will be the largest undercover modularisation and maintenance facility in Australia. It will be large enough to house complete Air Warfare Destroyers or Frigates and OPVs, for construction or maintenance, as well as large integrated modules for the Oil & Gas and Metals & Minerals sectors. We commenced construction in April 2017, with completion expected during Q4 2019.
Civmec has partnered with Luerssen to form a new company, Australian Maritime Shipbuilding and Export Group (AMSEG). It will combine our specialist steel manufacturing capability and infrastructure with the shipbuilding and design expertise of Luerssen, to develop a new world-class sovereign shipbuilding capability for Australia. The new company, 49% owned by Civmec and 51% owned by Luerssen Australia, will be chaired by former Chief of the Royal Australian Navy and former Chairman of major shipbuilder ASC Shipbuilding, Vice Admiral (retired) Chris Ritchie.