Australian’s ASC Shipbuilding has commenced work assisting in the maintenance of Navy’s advanced Maritime Aviation Training Vessel, MV Sycamore, creating temporary work for up to 30 employees and contractors during the docking.
CAPTION: MV Sycamore arrives at Osborne South dockyards for servicing. Photo supplied by ASC Shipbuilding.
ASC Shipbuilding has been contracted by the vessel’s operator, Teekay Shipping (Australia) Pty Ltd [changed since we last reported], for this project to provide specialist support to complete the work on the MV Sycamore within a tight deadline.
The work will be carried out at the Osborne South shipyard, owned by Australian Naval Infrastructure Pty Ltd.
Acting CEO ASC Shipbuilding Jim Cuthill said this engagement showed how ASC’s shipbuilders could provide high-level services in support of the local industry, leveraging the capability it had developed in the Air Warfare Destroyer program.
“Our work on the MV Sycamore sets a precedent in working co-operatively with the newly established Australian Naval Infrastructure as it attracts more work to the Commonwealth-owned shipyard in Osborne, South Australia, in coming years,” Cuthill said.
“ASC Shipbuilding will complete the MV Sycamore work shortly, while continuing our high performance as the builder of the air-warfare destroyers.
“ASC Shipbuilding’s experience and capability is becoming more widely recognised, with the commissioning later this year of the second of three respected Hobart-class air-warfare destroyers.
“ASC Shipbuilding is preparing to move on to future programs, starting with construction of the lead off-shore patrol vessels later this year, with prime contractor Lürssen, and is strongly placed to become the Australian shipbuilder of the Future Frigates, starting in 2020, subcontracting to a prime-contractor-designer of the government’s choice.”
Following the docking of MV Sycamore at Osborne yesterday, up to 30 ASC Shipbuilding personnel and contractors will support maintenance work on the 94m long, 2400 tonne vessel.