As focus on each Australian state’s different shipbuilding capabilities are brought to life at the ongoing industry days across the country, Australian Manufacturing Growth Centre’s managing director spoke to Defence Connect about how Australia compares on a global scale.
Highschool graduates, former Holden workers and thousands of other Australians will be sent to shipbuilding school under a Federal Government plan to ensure it has enough skilled workers to build the nation’s new submarines and navy frigates.
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.
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.