The floating dock in Henderson will be used for work connected to the Gorgon gas project and submarines/Australian marine complex (photo : ASC)
Australian submarine and shipbuilder ASC has today welcomed the official opening of the $60 million floating dock at the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) in Henderson, Western Australia.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ASC, Mr Steve Ludlam said the floating dock forms a critical part of ASC’s Western Australian submarine maintenance operations.
“The floating dock will ensure that ASC can continue to provide to the frontline of Australia’s naval defence force by supporting the maintenance of the Collins Class submarines at the AMC.
“Along with land transfer capability and ASC’s maintenance hall, the opening of the dock means ASC is now able to carry out maintenance on as many as three submarines at any one time.
“We’re extremely pleased to be a key user of this world-class dock and congratulate the West Australian Government for their commitment to infrastructure upgrades at the AMC,” Mr Ludlam said. The floating dock complements ASC’s $35 million submarine support facility at the AMC which provides a dedicated environment for maintenance and repair activities for the Collins Class submarines.
ASC is the nation’s last remaining Australian-owned prime defence contractor. The company designed and constructed the Collins Class submarines and today delivers design, upgrade and maintenance services for the submarines through-life. ASC is also the shipbuilder of Australia’s next generation warships – the Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers. ASC employs over 1,300 personnel in South Australia and Western Australia, including 280 engineering and technical specialists.