ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems Australia and UGL have joined forces to bid for the Pacific Patrol Boats project, supported by Tasmanian industry. ThyssenKrupp confirmed that the bid has been submitted, and stated that Incat Tasmania, Haywards and other members of the Tasmania Maritime Network are key parts of the team.
“We are committed to Australia and to our Australian business,” stated Dieter Rottsieper, deputy chief executive officer of parent company ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), speaking in Hobart. “We will bring all of our experience, our latest technology and our support to Australian and regional naval and maritime programs.”
TKMS in Australia will drive the overall acquisition program, the company stated, fully integrated with UGL in its through-life support role.
Rob Dunbar, head of operations for TKMS Australia, stated: “We have chosen Incat and Haywards as our boat-builders through their longstanding success in the competitive international commercial market, and in their total commitment to integrate with our design and support team for the best whole-of-life solution for the Pacific island countries.”
Incat managing director Craig Clifford commented: “We are really excited by the longer-term prospects for our team. Whilst naval shipbuilding in Australia has developed a dependency on federal government policy, the Tasmanian patrol boat solution is quite different.
“This project will simply add to the order-books of established and successful businesses in a sustainable way that is both great for regional employment and in building for longer-term success. This project is about extending the international success of our Tasmanian manufacturing industry.”