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Lieutenant Colonel Martin Sammut last month visited
Austal's Western Australian facilities to inspect the progress
of the four vessels being built for the Armed Forces of Malta.
The inshore patrol craft are on track for delivery in November.
"Less than five months after receiving the order, Austal has
already completed the aluminium fabrication of all the vessels'
wheelhouse; fly-bridges and masts, with shell plating on all hulls
near completion and painting of the first three vessels well
advanced," Lieutenant Colonel Sammut said.
Sea trials of the first vessel will commence in September.
With a maximum speed of more than 26 knots and the
capability to support 7.62mm and 12.7mm guns, the 21.2-metre
vessels are designed to assist the AFM with surveillance and
border protection throughout Malta's coastal waters.
Each vessel will be equipped with a 3.4-metre rigid hull
inflatable boat, stowed and launched off a stern ramp recessed
into the main deck.
Inspection of Austal's inshore patrol craft
Lieutenant Colonel Martin Sammut
The five hundredth day of operation of the channel
deepening project in Melbourne occurred on June 19.
Dredging operations as part of the project began on February
To date, some 19 million cubic metres of sand and silt have
been removed which equates to approximately 83 percent of the
total amount to be completed by August 31.
"We are pleased with the progress of the project to date. With
the majority of the works completed, we are on schedule, within
budget and well on course to delivering this project within full
compliance of environmental limits," said Stephen Bradford,
CEO of Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC).
"Works have been carried out with minimal disruption to
users of the bay and we have seen no evidence to suggest
dredging has impacted on its ecological health. From all
accounts, the beaches are in good shape and there have been no
significant effects on tides, currents and marine life.
Day 500 of Channel Deepening Project in Melbourne
'Queen of the Netherlands'
Photo: Port of Melbourne Corporation
A photographic exhibition is revealing
the underwater beauty of the Tamar
River and Tasmania's north coast.
"Beneath the Waves: Tamar and
Tasmania's North Coast" is the work of
Australian Maritime College lecturer
Over several years, Mr Maynard has
been combining his work with a love of
underwater photography to collect images
from dives in the Tamar Estuary and along
the northern Tasmanian coastline.
The 35 selected images show, for the first
time, the rich diversity of marine animals
and plants in northern Tasmania's waters.
"I wanted to show the really positive
side of the Tamar River and the coast -- the
amazing biodiversity that most people
would never think exists here," Mr
The exhibition opened at the NEW
Gallery at the University of Tasmania,
Launceston, on July 15 and concludes on
Rare look at Tasmania's
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