Representatives of leading systems integrator Alewijnse Marine are currently in Australia, meeting with local companies as the first stage in exploring future partnerships and cooperation agreements. This initiative is part of the opening stages of the 12-vessel SEA 1180 Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) programme for the Australian Ministry of Defence, for which the opening tenders have now been submitted.
The Alewijnse team is currently making preparations to work alongside an Australian partner in the supply of electrical design, supply, installation and integration services to the Damen Shipyards Group, leader of one of the three consortia that have submitted tenders for SEA 1180. The initial planning is focusing on ensuring that local employment opportunities will be maximised, and that technology and intellectual property rights will be transferred efficiently and effectively over the course of the project. Key elements of Alewijnse’s strategy include the maximum use of local manpower via its local partners and agents, the forming of manufacturing partnerships with local companies, cooperation with Australian universities and research institutes, and the establishment of a training centre plus a local Service & Maintenance Centre.
With the SEA 1180 programme requiring a high level of local industry participation as part of the Australian Industry Capability Plan, knowledge and skills transfer is a key part of the overall programme and the company is keen to play its part in ensuring that the Australian Shipbuilding sector emerges strengthened and even more competitive at the end of it. Alewijnse and Damen have worked together all over the world on projects of this type and are confident that together they can help deliver a highly positive outcome for all involved in conjunction with Australian shipbuilders ASC and Forgacs Marine & Defence.
“We are fully committed to supporting Building in Australia for Australia,” says CEO Dick Alewijnse, “and we believe we can make a valuable contribution towards the development of the local skills and knowledge required for the successful completion of complex projects like the OPVs. We look forward to expanding and deepening our relationships with our counterparts across Australia in the years ahead.”