The Australian Marine Complex (AMC) is integral to Australia’s frontline defence, and is an important asset in maintaining the Royal Australian Navy fleet.
The Common User Facility (CUF) has already facilitated major works and repair programs for RAN’s Collins Class submarines, ANZAC frigates and supply tankers.
The AMC CUF is home to the world’s most technically advanced floating dock, which can lift vessels of up to 12,000 tonnes out of the water for service.
Its four wharves can accommodate vessels of up to 300 metres in length, and provide adequate berthing space for major works including ship conversions, refits and repairs.
The AMC CUF is also home to ASC West – a purpose-built submarine repair facility and the WA headquarters of ASC Pty Ltd, an Australian-owned prime defence contractor and builder of the Collins Class submarine and Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyer.
ASC’s Through Life Support contract will see the Collins Class submarines maintained at the CUF over the next 25 years.
Warfare systems developer Raytheon Australia and other defence contractors including BAE Systems also reside within the AMC’s precincts.
The AMC provides the resource industry with the space and infrastructure needed to build major projects.
The CUF provides local companies with an internationally competitive fabrication complex, offering a major advantage when tendering for contracts.
The CUF’s 40-hectare laydown area provides ample space for the modular assembly and testing of major projects, including cranes.
The facility’s Main Fabrication Hall provides an 80 metre x 60 metre x 42 metre state-of-the-art fabrication hall, with a 200-tonne portal crane and two auxiliary cranes for an all-weather work environment.
Four wharves, one equipped with a 300-tonne crane, offer loadout capability and cost-effective direct-to-site sea transportation to remote locations such as the Pilbara in the State’s north west.
The 99 metre x 63 metre floating dock also allows for the underwater testing of subsea structures, while the AMC’s self-propelled modular transporters (SPMTs) can be employed to move structures around the CUF and for loadout.
The Subsea Cluster, a 20 hectare site dedicated to companies also caters for this important industry and is already home to Chevron Australia, FMC Technologies and Matrix Composites and Engineering.
The resource industry’s biggest names including BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and FMG have all completed significant projects at the CUF, which will continue to play an integral role in supporting the resource industry.
Home to the nation’s largest shipbuilding industry, the AMC offers access to highly skilled workers and world-class infrastructure.
Located within the AMC’s Shipbuilding Precinct, the Marine Support Facility provides substantial marine repair, refit and modernisation capability.
The facility is equipped with extensive dry-berth support infrastructure, including one of Australia’s largest ship-lifts with a nominal lifting capacity of 8,065 tonnes.
The ship-lift can be used for a wide range of commercial vessels, accommodating ships of up to 140 metres in length with 23 beams.
The floating dock can also lift and launch vessels of up to 12,000 tonnes.
The AMC has the capacity to meet a wide range of shipbuilding and vessel maintenance needs.