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Strategic surprises with floating dock

PERTH shipbuilder Strategic Marine Pty Ltd has sprung a surprise by winning preferred bidder status for construction of a $62 million floating dock at the Australian Marine Complex at Henderson. Strategic is planning to build about 40 per cent of the floating dock at its facility in Vietnam, which has surprised some players in the industry because the purpose of the floating dock is to make Western Australian industry more competitive. The floating dock is part of the AMC’s $174 million infrastructure upgrade, which also includes a wharf extension. Strategic Marine’s selection has come as a surprise, because it was not one of the four short-listed bidders in the original tender process undertaken by the state government last year. The government commenced a new tender process this year, after announcing that the scope and cost of its infrastructure upgrade had increased. The front runners for the contract had been considered to be Ausclad Group and Tenix. Strategic, formerly known as Geraldton Boat Builders, is one of the biggest aluminium shipbuilders in Australia, having designed and built more than 300 vessels. It has opened shipbuilding facilities in Singapore and Vietnam during the past two years and diversified its services to include engineering and project management. The floating dock will be a 99-metre long by 53-metre wide structure, and with the capacity to lift 12,000-tonne vessels out of the water for service and maintenance work. Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan said local content was an important consideration in determining the successful tender. “Strategic Marine has committed to constructing more than 60 per cent of the floating dock in WA,” she said in a statement. By Mark Beyer

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