Civmec News

Celebrating 10 Years

17 July 2019 in General News Posted by

This month, we celebrate Civmec’s 10-year anniversary. We have delivered some amazing projects over the past decade, and our success has only been possible because of the skill and dedication of our people and the trust our clients have placed in us in delivering their projects. From the company, a big thank you to everyone that has come on this journey with us, we have all played a part in making Civmec what it is today.

17 July 2019 in General News Posted by

Civmec Undertakes Vessel Repair at Sea

28 May 2019 in General News Posted by

Civmec has successfully undertaken marine maintenance repairs on board a large vessel in open water, under extremely challenging conditions.

Our highly skilled personnel battled large swells as they undertook the complex repairs of the LNG tanker Gas Defiance, 100 kilometres off the New South Wales coast.

The emergency repairs, for Greek company Stealth Maritime Industries, included rectification of major damage to the deck and Panama Chock, essential for the guidance of rope mooring lines on board the large vessel.

Undertaken over six days, the repairs required Hot Work which, for safety reasons, the Port Authority of New South Wales would not allow to be undertaken while the tanker was at berth.

Civmec was able to quickly mobilise a specialised team to carry out the emergency repairs, including organising materials and equipment, undertaking the required Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), and liaising with the Port Authority regarding access and permits.

The successful delivery of the works is a testament to the skill and capability of our specialised marine maintenance team.



28 May 2019 in General News Posted by

Civmec Chairman Appointed to Centre For Defence Industry Capability Board

15 May 2019 in General News Posted by

Defence Industry Minister Linda Reynolds has announced the appointment of Civmec’s Executive Chairman, James Fitzgerald, to the Board of the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC).

The CDIC is an initiative of the Defence Industry Policy Statement. Its purpose is to help transform the defence and industry relationship, facilitate innovation and exports, and fund defence industry development, critical defence business maturity and skilling.

“I am pleased to welcome Mr Fitzgerald to the CDIC Advisory Board. Mr Fitzgerald is committed to Australian manufacturing and has a strong belief in the training and development of people,” said Minister Reynolds.

The CDIC Advisory Board brings together Australian defence industry leaders and senior public sector representatives to provide guidance and strategic direction for the CDIC, including:

  • recommendations on industry development projects that build the capability and capacity of Australian industry to support Defence requirements;
  • consideration of current defence skilling programs and recommendations on the future structure and delivery models;
  • evaluation of outcomes to ensure CDIC activities align with Defence’s strategic priorities and deliver on their intent; and
  • provision of advice to government on the development of sustainable defence industrial capability in line with Australia’s defence priorities.

“I am very pleased to be given this opportunity to join the Board and contribute to the development of Australia’s sovereign shipbuilding capability,” said Mr Fitzgerald.


James Fitzgerald (right), with Minister for Defence, Christopher Pyne (centre) and Civmec CEO, Patrick Tallon (left)

15 May 2019 in General News Posted by

Minister for Defence Thanks Civmec Workforce

8 May 2019 in General News Posted by

Minister for Defence, the Honourable Christopher Pyne, could not contain his genuine enthusiasm for Civmec’s new shipbuilding and maintenance facility, currently under construction at Henderson, as he addressed the company’s workforce.

Describing the immense structure as “magnificent”, Minister Pyne congratulated Civmec on having the foresight to invest in the future of Australia’s defence capability, both in people and infrastructure.

“Civmec really took up the challenge, and decided if there’s going to be a shipbuilding industry in Australia, we want to be part of it,” the Minister said.
Minister Pyne was on site back in April 2017 to mark the first day of ground preparation works for the new facility, and wanted to return one last time to see its progression before retiring from his political career. Designed to be one of the most efficient and innovative in the world, the development will deliver a new world-class resource to the Australian maritime landscape and significantly enhance the capability available nationally.

Minister Pyne also wanted to take the opportunity to address and thank Civmec’s skilled and talented workforce, congratulating them on the important role they are playing, not only in growing Australia’s sovereign shipbuilding capability, but ultimately in the defence of the country.

“The skilled workforce that you represent gives the Government the confidence to invest in Australia rather than building ships and submarines overseas,” he said.
Minister Pyne reflected on the Coalition Government’s decision six years ago to invest in Australia’s defence capability. The result of this today, being the commitment to build 57 military vessels in Australia, including 12 new Arafura class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) for the Royal Australian Navy.

In partnership with Luerssen Australia, Civmec will supply and process steel for all 12 OPVs, with the preparation and profile cutting of steel plates for the first two vessels currently underway at Henderson. Following the build of the first two vessels at Osborne in South Australia, Civmec will complete the fabrication and construction of the following 10 vessels in its new world-class ship assembly hall.

The Minister reiterated how proud Civmec and the workforce should be of the amazing work being delivered, and the significant capability being developed across specialised trades.

To view Minister Pyne’s full address, click here


8 May 2019 in General News Posted by

Civmec Welcomes Bill Shorten and Premier Mark McGowan

30 April 2019 in General News Posted by

With Opposition Leader Bill Shorten in Perth for the first federal election leaders’ debate to be held in Western Australia, he took the opportunity to visit Civmec’s Henderson facility and meet and address workers.

Joined by Premier Mark McGowan, Mr Shorten chatted with workers as he toured the facility.

Premier McGowan welcomed Mr Shorten, and in his address to the assembled group, the Premier spoke highly of the skill and dedication of the workforce, who work together as a solid team at Civmec. He referenced the excellent work achieved by the company in the delivery of the steel for the iconic Optus Stadium. He then hailed even more praise on the Civmec workforce who worked tirelessly when called upon to deliver the Matagarup Bridge for the State. He highlighted that this was a testament to the capabilities of the highly skilled and dedicated men and women at Civmec who were able to achieve, to the highest quality, in approximately five months, an extremely challenging delivery timeframe. He referenced the fact that the contract was originally awarded to an overseas fabrication company, but was brought back to Western Australia to be built at Civmec by his government when the overseas fabricator was unable to complete the job after working on it for almost two years.

Civmec supplied and erected key elements of the Optus Stadium structure, including the structural frame and roof trusses and various precast elements, and then as a member of the Swan River Bridge Alliance, Civmec’s significant specialist expertise was employed to undertake the steel fabrication, painting and transportation of the arches and decks for the Matagarup Bridge.

The Premier then went on to talk about how confident he was that these great skills will be utilised at the company’s new shipbuilding facility. The mega-structure, currently under construction, will rival the world’s best facilities, and will be the Western Australian location for the construction of the Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Royal Australian Navy, providing long-term employment for Civmec’s workforce. He expressed with pride that this is what Western Australia and Civmec can produce.

Mr Shorten and Premier McGowan spent considerable time walking the facility and meeting workers one-on-one, before addressing the 700-strong group. In his address, Mr Shorten outlined his plans for Australia’s future should he be elected as the next Prime Minister, focusing on creating Australian jobs and how he wanted all Australians to have a ‘fair go’. He spoke about the importance of creating jobs and improving conditions for all Australians. He spent a lot of time engaging with the workforce, paying particular interest to the 30 or so apprentices who assembled to meet and greet the Opposition Leader leading up to the Federal Election on May 18.


30 April 2019 in General News Posted by

Prime Minister Takes Another Tour

29 April 2019 in General News Posted by

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has made a second visit to Civmec’s Henderson facility in the space of a few months.

Touring the site and meeting the workforce, the Prime Minister viewed progress on the new shipbuilding and maintenance facility currently under construction. The facility has risen up from the ground in the six months since the Prime Minister was last on site to witness the erection of the first steel for what will be one of the world’s largest undercover Ship Assembly Halls.

The addition of the 53,000m2 (usable floor area) shipbuilding and maintenance facility will further enhance Civmec’s service offering at Henderson. With significant crane capacity of 400T at a height of 40m and 20T at a height of 60m, it will be capable of housing complete Air Warfare Destroyers, Frigates and Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), for construction or maintenance, as well as large integrated modules for the Oil & Gas and Metals & Minerals sectors.

It will facilitate a national shipbuilding capacity substantially greater than anything that currently exists and will significantly enable Western Australian participation in the Federal Government’s extensive Naval shipbuilding and sustainment program.

Whilst on site, the Prime Minister announced the promise to build two mine warfare support vessels and a hydrographic vessel in Henderson. The three new Navy ships will be built under a coalition government in a $1 billion election commitment set to create 1,000 jobs for West Australians.

“This commitment in WA adds to the 31 minor war vessels being built in the State — built in Australia, by Australian workers, with Australian steel,” Prime Minister Morrison said.
In April 2018, Civmec was awarded the Royal Australian Navy’s SEA 1180 Offshore Patrol Vessel program, in contract with Luerssen Australia. The project includes the supply and processing of steel for 12 vessels, with the preparation and profile cutting of steel plates for the first two vessels currently being undertaken by Civmec at its Henderson facility.

Following the build of the first two vessels at Osborne in South Australia, Civmec will complete the fabrication and construction of the following 10 vessels in the new world-class ship assembly hall currently under construction.


29 April 2019 in General News Posted by

Key Milestone Achieved for First Offshore Patrol Vessel

29 March 2019 in General News Posted by

The keel for the first of 12 Arafura-class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) has been completed, representing a significant step forward in the delivery of the SEA 1180 program for the Royal Australian Navy.

Using more than 50 tonnes of steel processed and formed by Civmec at its Henderson facility in Western Australia and assembled by ASC at their Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia, the key milestone was achieved on time and on budget.

“This represents the ongoing success story of the government’s $90 billion continuous shipbuilding endeavour in Australia,” said Defence Minister Christopher Pyne.

This milestone has been achieved just four months after commencement of construction.

The new Arafura-class will replace and improve upon the capability of the Navy’s Armidale Class Patrol Boats when they commence service from 2022. Following the build of the first two vessels in South Australia, Civmec will undertake specific fabrication and construction activities for the following 10 vessels, in partnership with Luerssen Australia. Final consolidation of these vessels will be undertaken in Civmec’s new world-class Ship Assembly Hall currently under construction at its waterfront facilities in Henderson.


29 March 2019 in General News Posted by

Construction Commenced on Australia’s Largest Lithium Processing Plant

28 March 2019 in General News Posted by

Construction is underway on Albemarle’s new lithium hydroxide plant being built in WA’s south-west, near Bunbury. Civmec’s Henderson facility will fabricate and pre-assemble components for on-site plant erection, with site works expected from mid-2019 to March 2021.

Albemarle’s $1 billion Kemerton plant will be Australia’s largest lithium processing plant, producing approximately 100,000 tonnes per annum when fully operational. Given the global demand for lithium in 2018 was about 270,000 tonnes, the new plant’s capacity is significant on a global scale, cementing Western Australia’s position as the number one global producer of lithium.

Albemarle is committed to operating the plant for 30 to 50 years, creating 500 construction jobs and another 500 in the region once fully operational.

The official sod turning ceremony, held on March 28, was attended by Premier Mark McGowan.

“With up to 1,000 local jobs being created, this project will be a huge economic boost for the south-west region and will show the capability Western Australia has in the lithium-ion battery sector,” said Mr McGowan.

The plant will initially comprise of three production trains, fed by lithium concentrate from the nearby mine at Greenbushes which Albemarle jointly owns with China’s Tianqi Lithium.

“This two-year project is ideally suited to our operations, fabricating, modularising and site erecting steel work for this key Western Australian development,” said Civmec’s Chief Executive Officer, Patrick Tallon.


28 March 2019 in General News Posted by

Euroz Big Walk for the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation

22 March 2019 in General News Posted by

Civmec participated in the 2019 Euroz Big Walk for the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation on Sunday March 17.

The Euroz Big Walk is a chance for the community to come together, have fun and raise money for sick kids in hospital. Civmec was proud to support the event, with a St Patricks Day lucky dip for the kids to enjoy as they undertook the 6km adventure walk across the Matagarup Bridge and along the banks of the Swan River.

Thank you to the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation for organising a fantastic event, with proceeds going to help fund the care and treatment of patients at PCH.

Euroz Big Walk for the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation - Image

22 March 2019 in General News Posted by

Civmec Secures Fabrication and Assembly Contract for BHP’s South Flank

27 February 2019 in General News Posted by

Civmec will fabricate and modularise key components for BHP’s South Flank iron ore mine, currently under construction approximately 100km north-west of Newman in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

The award of the South Flank Module Fabrication and Assembly Package #3 includes the supply and assembly of 23 fully equipped ‘smart modules’, including the supply and installation of the required mechanical and electrical equipment up to no-load commissioning for each module.

The scope comprises conveyor shuttle modules, sample station, pump skids, train loadout and feeder modules, which will be fabricated and assembled at Civmec’s waterfront facility located at the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson, Western Australia, before being transported to site for installation.

Work will commence immediately, with completion anticipated by mid-2020. The award of this scope of work may provide an estimated 80 jobs in Perth.

Civmec’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Patrick Tallon, said: “We are extremely pleased to be given this opportunity to further support BHP in the delivery of what will ultimately become its flagship mine. The award of this scope of work complements the packages already in production for ThyssenKrupp, in the supply, manufacture, trial assembly, surface treatment and pre-assembly of stackers, bogies and equalisers for the rail mounted machines for the South Flank project.

When fully operational, South Flank will be one of the world’s largest iron ore operations integrating the latest advances in autonomous-ready fleets, digital connectivity and modular design.
The combined value of these Fabrication and Assembly packages for the South Flank project is approximately $48 million and reflects the growing confidence and investment in Western Australia’s resource industry.

27 February 2019 in General News Posted by