Hmas Success Conversion To Double Hull Configuration

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Issued by Ministerial Support and Public Affairs, Department of Defence, Canberra, ACT

Phone: 02 6127 1999, Fax: 02 6265 1545

MSPA 472/10

Friday, 8 October 2010

HMAS Success conversion to double hull configuration

Defence has selected ST Marine as the preferred tenderer to convert the Royal

Australian Navy tanker HMAS Success to be double hulled. 

ST Marine represented the best value for money and the shortest time out of service.

The work will be carried out in Singapore, where the ship has a scheduled visit while

on deployment in Asia and involves the double hulling of the HMAS Success to meet

International Maritime Organisation standards for environmental protection against

oil spills.

ST Marine's tender came in under budget. As a result, funds saved on this project

will be re-directed towards the priority repair and maintenance work required on

HMAS Kanimbla and HMAS Manoora, for which a precautionary Operational Pause

was recently initiated by the Chief of Navy. This work will occur concurrently at

Garden Island, Sydney.

Overseas companies were allowed to bid for the work on HMAS Success as:


this is a one-off project – work of this type will never again be carried out in

Australia; and


no Australian company had ever undertaken work of this type.

The on-going repair and maintenance of Navy ships happens in Australia and will

stay in Australia. This includes the regular and on-going repair and maintenance of

HMAS Success.

This year Defence will spend approximately $79M on ship repair and maintenance in

the Sydney region.

Next year Defence has budgeted to spend $81M on ship repair and maintenance in the

Sydney region. 

Next year Defence will also issue tenders for five year contracts for the repair and

maintenance of Navy ships at Garden Island. This work will all occur in Australia and

is worth about half a billion dollars over the five years.

These long term contracts will provide more security for Australian businesses and

more job security for their workforce. 

Media contact: 

Defence Media Liaison: 02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664

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