The State Government has called for tenders for the construction of a $35 milllion floating dock at the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) at Henderson, just south of Perth.The floating dock and the extension of the existing eastern wharf are part of the first stage of a $90 million upgrade of the AMC. The contract is for the first 99m section of the dock, which will eventually expand to nearly 200m.The AMC is an integrated industrial estate servicing the defence, marine, mining and petroleum sectors.The floating dock facility is expected to give Western Australia a great opportunity to bid for a range of marine maintenance and construction jobs.It would also add to the capacity of the rapidly developing complex which is gaining an international reputation as Australia's leading industrial facility for marine-related industries.Minister Assisting in Planning and Infrastructure Francis Logan said part of the AMC expansion would include a $23million submarine maintenance facility."That facility will provide maintenance and repair facilities for the Royal Australian Navy's Collins Class submarines under a 25-year contract," he said."The initial section will be capable of dealing with surface vessel docking, the launch and retrieval of large commercial vessels and docking and transfer for Collins Class submarines."The extension of the eastern wharf will see the berthing capacity at the AMC increased from two to four world-class berths to attract both commercial and Royal Australian Navy operations."Five contractors have been shortlisted for the wharf extension and the successful applicant will be announced by the middle of the year.The project is expected to generate many jobs and economic benefits for the State and will also expand WA's already high skill-base in the marine and defence-related sectors.
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