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Southerly Designs, based in Port Denison, Western Australia, is
an industry-leading design house and consultancy in the small
commercial vessel sector.
The design history of Southerly Designs stems from the
demanding requirements of Australia's Western Rock Lobster
Fishery. The vessels required for this fishery are capable of carrying
moderate cargo loads at sustained high speeds, while maintaining
excellent fuel economy through large swell and seas, as
experienced off the West Australian coast. The severity of the daily
afternoon sea breeze off this coast has driven the requirement for
soft riding hulls that can handle relatively short, steep seas, to the
forefront of these requirements.
Over a period of nearly 30 years these designs, as built by
Geraldton Boat Builders and later by Strategic Marine and
Western Boat Builders, have been continuously refined and have
earned an enviable reputation for ride quality, efficiency,
structural robustness and quality of production. Although the
beginnings of these designs stem from the lobster fishing
industry the qualities of these vessels were quickly recognised by
other operators and the same design principles have been very
successfully applied to offshore patrol vessels, pleasure vessels,
high-speed patrol and interception craft, offshore support and
Although best known for its range of high speed monohulls,
Southerly's extensive portfolio also contains examples of
displacement hulls, catamarans, tri/cathedral hulls, landing craft
and construction barges. Although most designs are executed in
aluminium, Southerly can also produce structures in FRP and steel.
2008--2009 has seen significant change in the domestic
marine sector with the beginning of the phased introduction of
the NSCV code. The new code has presented several new
challenges to naval architects and shipyards working in the
domestic market as well as requiring change to some long
established practices within the Western Australian marine
industry. Southerly Designs has assisted in the upgrade and
conversion of several older vessels under the new code as well as
designing new compliant vessels, and as such is at the forefront
of application of the new code.
Also, during the last 12 months Southerly has increased its
staffing and now has increased capacity not only in the core
business of new vessel design but also in the associated areas of
vessel upgrade, repair and modification, stability assessments
Southerly Designs continues to work closely with leading
Western Australian ship builders Strategic Marine and Western
Boat Builders. The last 12 months has seen the
construction/conversion of several vessels from yards in Australia,
Singapore, Vietnam and Mexico including:
• 40m crewboats x 4 (Singapore)
• 31m crewboats x 4 (Singapore)
• 52m crewboats x 2 (Mexico)
• 12m patrol vessels x 40 (Vietnam)
• 12m landing craft x 5 (Australia, Henderson)
• 16m patrol boats x 15 (Australia, Henderson)
• 20m landing craft x 4 (Vietnam)
• 20m patrol vessel x 1 (Australia, Geraldton)
• 24m offshore support vessel x 1 (Australia, Geraldton)
• 35m offshore support vessel x 1 (Australia, Geraldton)
For further information contact:
Southerly Designs, Western Australia.
Southerly Designs -- a prolific, distinctive originator
Recent realisations of vessel designs by Southerly Designs: (left to right) '52m Crew Boat', 23.9m OSV 'Northerner', 22m patrol vessel 'Southern Ranger' and
52m OSV 'Aramara'
The Australian Marine Complex (AMC)
floating dock has won the Infrastructure
and Building category at the 2009 Western
Australian Engineering Excellence Awards.
LandCorp Chief Executive Ross Holt said
the $60 million project, built by
AMC-based shipbuilder Strategic Marine,
was recognised for its exceptional
engineering standards and contribution to
the Western Australian economy.
"This is the world's most technologically
advanced and sophisticated floating dock
and has set new benchmarks for design,
functionality and construction methods,"
Mr Holt said.
"The dock will deliver enormous
economic benefit to Western Australia with
more than $2 billion in work over the next
25 years including naval contracts,
commercial shipbuilding projects and
support for subsea oil and gas activities."
Mr Holt said the award win, a joint
submission by the Department of
Commerce and LandCorp, was also
testament to the skills within Western
"More than 70 percent of the floating
dock was built within Western Australia
including fabrication of the 1,000 tonne
steel sidewalls and the development and
integration of all high technology "smart"
components," Mr Holt said.
"Other civil works including wharf and
service upgrades were completed by
Western Australian contractors which
represented a huge commitment to local
content -- more than 100 Western
Australians were employed throughout
construction generating further benefits for
the State's economy."
Engineers Australia, Western Australian
Division Chief Judge Dr John Wager said
the AMC floating dock was a stand-out in
its category and would significantly benefit
industry in Western Australia.
Measuring 99m x 53m, the dock will lift
vessels up to 12,000 tonnes out of the water
for service and maintenance and will
facilitate the land to water transfer of
vessels up to 3,500 tonnes, vital to
supporting the Royal Australian Navy
(RAN) Collins Class submarine fleet, which
will be serviced at the AMC Common User
Facility (CUF) until at least 2032.
The AMC floating dock is part of a $174
million infrastructure upgrade program
funded by the State Government and
administered by LandCorp. The floating
dock is in its final stages of completion and
following trials, is expected to be fully
commissioned later this year.
For further information contact:
Australian Marine Complex, Western Australia.
AMC floating dock named one of WA's best infrastructure projects
The Australian Marine Complex floating dry dock
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