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ADI Newcastle shortlisted for patrol boat contract.



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SENATOR JOHN TIERNEY BOB BALDWIN MP HUNTER BASED LIBERAL SENATOR MEMBER FOR PATERSON JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

28 June 2002

ADI NEWCASTLE SHORTLISTED FOR PATROL BOAT CONTRACT

Hunter based Senator, John Tierney, together with Bob Baldwin MP, Member for Paterson, welcomed news today that ADI had been short-listed to tender for the national supply of patrol boats for the Royal Australian Navy.

Nine companies provided tenders for the contract and were put through a robust selection process based on merit and ability to meet necessary criteria, including two locally based companies ADI and Forgacs.

Defence Minister Robert Hill announced today that ADI of Newcastle is one of three companies to be shortlisted. Others are Defense Maritime Services partnering with Austal and Tenix.

“The tender process was competitive and proposed to meet the Australian industry involvement targets for construction (65 per cent) and in service support (90) percent. This shows the strength of the Newcastle,” said Senator Tierney.

“The criteria used for assessment in shortlisting were: operational, technical, integrated support, project management, quality system, schedule, business, financial and security.

“ADI will now go on to the final stage of the Tender process and I congratulate them on making the shortlist from a highly competitive field.”

The Federal Member for Paterson Bob Baldwin, said the Hunter had a proven track record of successfully completing defence contracts in the past and the Howard Government had shown support for local defence jobs, in projects such as the Airborne Early Warning Aircraft project.

“The Minehunter project was a great success not only for defence but also for the local region,” Mr Baldwin said. “So we would welcome the input of any naval contract for the area again.”

“Senator Tierney and I will continue to lobby to bring more defence work to the region. Although it is disappointing that Forgacs was not shortlisted, at least we have one Hunter based bidder still in the running.”

The cost of the purchase of the replacement patrol boats is expected to be around $375 million under the SEA 1444 project.

The new boats will provide 3000 operational days per year, of which 1,800 days per year will be directed towards the Coastwatch operations, plus a surge capacity of 600 additional days per year to deal with short notice contingencies. On average Fremantles have been achieving 2,700 operational days per year.

The vessels will provide the RAN men and women who operate them a more capable, modern and reliable vessel in which to help better protect Australia’s coastline and also provide the Navy’s patrol boat capability for the next 20 years.