It's one small step for an Australian shipbuilder, but a giant leap for the country's plans for a major defence industry. When the first steel plates for a new fleet of Pacific patrol boats are laser-cut at a small plant in southern Perth on Wednesday, it will be the start of a continuous 30-year program that Australian companies and the Federal government hope will help spur a major export industry.
Following 21 days at sea off the coast of South Australia, the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Alliance has celebrated the completion of the Sea Acceptance Trials by HMAS Hobart.
Australia and Fiji work together to fix maritime navigation equipment damaged by Tropical Cyclone Winston
In February 2016, Fiji suffered the devastating effects of Tropical Cyclone Winston. The cyclone caused significant damage to the infrastructure of Fiji, including to a number of maritime aids to navigation and lighthouse sites. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has worked closely with the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) to install new navigation buoys and assess the damage to lighthouses in Fiji’s network.
Unlocking research and education opportunities is the aim of an agreement involving the University of Tasmania, represented by the Australian Maritime College (AMC) and the Navantia Australia group.
The Commonwealth of Australia awarded Austal an A$305 million (US$228.1 million) contract for the Pacific Patrol Boats Replacement (PPBR) Project, taking the shipbuilder\'s Henderson, Western Australia, shipyard into the construction of steel patrol vessels.