Maiden vessel rides success

MUCH more than goodwill flowed from this week’s launch and handover of the Abeer Thirty Eight at Cockburn Sound’s Australian Marine Complex. Designed and constructed in-house by WaveMaster International, the offshore crew and supply vessel – the maiden product from the Henderson complex – has enhanced the company’s reputation plus that of WA and the newly branded facility. Abeer Thirty Eight will service oil and gas platforms and rigs off Indonesia and Singapore. Full report, Page 4.

Liddell deals with Boyd

THE appetite of Mineral Securities Limited chief Keith Liddell for speculative resource companies seems as strong as ever. This week the investment banker announced the acquisition of an industrial minerals project in the East Kimberley from Quadrant Iridium Limited, chaired by Michael Boyd, for an undisclosed sum. The sale by Quadrant follows a public tender program to unload its mining assets as it concentrates efforts on the telecommunication business following the 18 per cent acquisition of US mobile satellite provider, Iridium. Full report, Page 5.

Exercise outlines disease cost

AN exercise last week to test Australia’s ability to deal with a major foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak has been hailed an outstanding success, yet it has exposed the high risks for WA’s beef industry. Exercise Minotaur dealt with an outbreak of the devastating cattle disease in south-east Queensland that spread into New South Wales and Victoria within two days. Full report, Page 6.

Footie site will cast a wide net all year round

AS the events of recent weeks demonstrate, news in the world of AFL football often becomes most interesting after the home-and-away season has ended, when contracts are up for renewal and end-of-season trips taken. A new interactive website will be launched this week to fill the void left by mainstream media’s flight to the nation’s summer sports. is the brainchild of former 6PR sports broadcaster Russell Dower, who is aiming to hook footy punters with the breaking news during the off-season. Full report, Page 7.

Message holds true at FBAs

MESSAGES on Hold’s ambush marketing campaigns have secured it a high profile, and certain notoriety, in local and national business circles. But while major sports events are where the company makes its strongest marketing statements, last week’s win at the Family Business Awards provided a highlight of a different kind. From humble beginnings in the home of managing director Kim Illman, Messages on Hold has grown to turn over $4 million a year, at the same time teaching the world all about ambush marketing. Full report, Page 10.

Tariffs determination a time-consuming process

A LIST of declarations to form the basis of considerations on tariffs for the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline is yet to be finalised following last month’s WA Supreme Court decision in favour of further industry consultation. Once the main parties – Epic Energy, the Independent Gas Pipelines Access Regulator, AlintaGas, and CMS Gas Transmission – have agreed on the list, the court will stamp these as formal orders. appeal. Full report, Page 11.

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