Pacific Patrol Boat Industry Briefing
AMCS joined with the Tasmanian Government and the William Adams Caterpillar group, to jointly host an industry briefing day on a Tasmanian bid to build and maintain replacement Patrol Boats for Pacific Island nations. Held at AMC, the day highlighted the opportunities presented by the Australian Defence contract to replace the current fleet of 22 vessels original gifted by the Australian Government in the late 1980’s. Approximately 100 Tasmania business and industry representatives attended the event and were offered advice about the tender process.
The contract, is thought to be worth about $2 billion of which the build component alone is worth about $600 million.
The forum was addressed by AMCS CEO Dean Cook, the PPB Contract Training Manager Barry Jones and Maritime Instructor, Chris White. All highlighted the history of the Patrol Boat Project, AMCS’s role in it, and the features of working through the Australian Defence request for tender process.
Mr Cook highlighted that with government support and businesses working collaboratively it was possible for a Tasmanian consortium to win the contract. “It’s a great opportunity for Tasmania and we should be doing whatever we can to get the work here,” Mr Cook said. “We just need to prove our capabilities and be positive. We’ve got the Prince of Wales Bay Maritime Precinct in Hobart and industries like Haywards Steel, Incat and Taylor Bros, to name a few. There’s nothing we can’t do. Tasmania has a proud and advanced history in ship building, fitting and maintenance, and Defence manufacturing, which has earned an international reputation with innovative projects,” he said.
“The Liberal government is well advanced with the facilitation of the Tasmanian bid, which could unlock great opportunities to grow the economy and create jobs.”
The day was also attended by the Premier of Tasmania, the Honourable Will Hodgman, MP, the Federal Member for Bass, Andrew Nikolic, AM CSC MP (a former head of the Australian Pacific Patrol Boat organisation in his Defence years), and Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie.
AMCS has extensive experience in bidding for Defence tenders, and working with the Defence Material Organisation, having held the training delivery contract for the Pacific Patrol Boat program for the past 20 years. As a Key Divisional Supplier to DMO, AMCS was able to share some valuable knowledge with the attendees.