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Tender awarded for conversion of Westralia replacement.

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MEDIA RELEASE SENATOR THE HON ROBERT HILL Minister for Defence Leader of the Government in the Senate


Friday, 11 February 2005 23/2005


TENIX Defence Pty Ltd has been selected as the preferred tender to upgrade and refit the recently acquired commercial tanker which will replace the Royal Australian Navy’s ageing auxiliary oiler, HMAS Westralia, Defence Minister Robert Hill announced today.

The purpose of the conversion will be to modify the vessel so that it has the latest technology and equipment capable of refuelling Navy vessels, including the ANZAC and Guided Missile frigates and the new Air Warfare Destroyers that will enter into

service from 2013.

The contract, valued at around $60 million, is for the design, initial logistic support and modification of the merchant tanker Delos, with the modified ship to enter service in June 2006.

Senator Hill said the modifications to the ship will be carried out at the Common User Facility at Henderson, south of Fremantle, in Western Australia. The project will create new jobs and further consolidate the specialised skills needed in Australia’s naval shipbuilding and repair sector. It will have an Australian Industry Involvement component of 95 percent.

“The modification of the Delos will provide the Navy with a significantly improved capacity for the at-sea replenishment of fuel,” Senator Hill said.

“At 176 metres long and weighing 37,000 tonnes, the Delos is an impressive vessel by any standard.”

Some of the specific modifications will include: æ The installation of a replenishment at sea rig; æ Various accommodation modifications for Navy personnel including heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, freshwater and sewerage.

æ A number of other additions include a helicopter landing pad, Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boats and a related crane, and Navy life saving and damage control works.

The Delos is currently chartered to Teekay Shipping Singapore under a commercial arrangement. Following contract negotiations it will be delivered to Western Australia.

Once complete, the crew of the ship will be transferred from HMAS Westralia, ensuring a seamless transfer of operational capability to the Navy. The Delos will be commissioned as HMAS SIRIUS on completion of the project.

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