Floating Dry Dock Officially Named

Monday, March 08, 2010
Left –Right : Hon. Brendon Grylls MLA, Leader of the Nationals WA and Minister for Regional Development and Lands, Hon. Troy Buswell MLA, Minister for Commerce, WA, Mike Bailey, Paul Booth (Project Manager, Australian Marine Complex). Photo courtesy Strategic Marine

The Australian Maritime Complex along with Landcorp recently announced the name of the Floating Dry Dock at the official naming ceremony. The Floating Dock was given the traditional Nyoongar name Yagan by the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Counsel in consultation with Nyoongar Elders. Yagan, the Nyoongar word for tortoise, metaphorically refers to the amphibious functions of the floating dock.

With fully automated ballast and maneuvering systems the dock has the capacity to lift 12,000 tonne vessels, such as Collins class submarines, and other commercial vessels out of the water for service and maintenance work.

The 99m long by 53m wide structure is a technologically advanced dock and capable of providing the land transfer of docked vessels up to 3,500 tonnes. Strategic Marine supports the strong government investment in infrastructure and believes government initiatives such as boosting the AMC capacity, will lead the way for business confidence and the states development.

The floating dock project is a key component of the Government's $174.3m commitment to infrastructure upgrades at the AMC, and will be a valuable addition to Western Australia’s ship building precinct. It has been said that the floating dock is expected to inject well over $2b into the State’s economy over the next 25 years.

It is all too often in large projects, that Western Australian business is overlooked for short term gain through cheaper prices from overseas companies. To compete with this, Strategic Marine has developed its own offshore production facilities to be a true global competitor.

Strategic Marine has also recently signed an addition contract to deliver a 43.8m Landing Craft for West Australian Company, Bhagwan, and is currently constructing Tug Pen Pontoons with Doric for Woodside.

(www.strategicmarine.com)

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