CONSTRUCTION of the local component of a $60million floating dock at the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) in Henderson began today, two months ahead of the original schedule.
The floating dock will be fully automated, featuring world’s best practice advanced control systems designed and installed by local and international electrical and engineering companies.
Strategic Marine will use more than 5,000 tonnes of steel to build the 99 m long by 53 m wide structure which will be capable of providing the land transfer of docked vessels up to 3,500 tonnes and lifting 12,000 tonne vessels out of the water for service and maintenance work.
The project represents a significant investment in WA industry with more than 60% of works, including the fabrication of 1,000 tonnes in steel modules, to be completed locally by Strategic Marine and other AMC companies.
The modules will be largely pre-outfitted with machinery, electrical and mechanical systems.
The floating dock is critical to ASC Pty Ltd’s multi-billion dollar Through-Life Support contract to provide service and maintenance for the Collins Class submarines at the common user facility over the next 25 years.
ASC Pty Ltd’s $35million submarine repair and maintenance facility at the AMC is expected to open early this year and the floating dock will be complete in time for the first scheduled submarine docking in October 2009.