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October 28, 2010
By Michael Brooke
NAVY recently signed a new con-
tract with DMS Maritime Pty Ltd
(DMS) to provide essential marine
services to Fleet units for the next
10 years and an agreement with the
National Australia Bank to provide
an asset financing facility for up to
The Fleet Marine Services
Contract, valued in excess of
$500m, includes the provision of
port services such as berthing, refu-
elling and training services, and sup-
port craft including tugs, fuel and
water barges and rigid hull inflatable
Commodore Support Fleet HQ,
CDRE Mike Van Balen, said DMS
was chosen as the service provider
and NAB as the financier after rig-
orous and competitive tender pro-
"The provision of marine ser-
vices to the Navy by the DMS over
the past 12 years has been a suc-
cess; however, this new contract will
deliver better value for money and
a greater range of services to the
Navy," he said.
"The continued provision of
these services from industry also
enables Navy to continue to con-
Port services contract
worth $500 million
centrate on their core business of
defending Australia, while support-
ing Australian industry."
Under an innovative financing
solution, the NAB will act as the
financier beyond the life of the cur-
rent FMSC contract. The NAB will
lease the marine assets to DMS with
the Navy providing leasing costs to
DMS. The Navy retains the right
to operate the assets in extreme cir-
"This new contract will support
the existing period of growth about
to take place in Navy capability,"
CDRE Van Balen said.
"The successful conclusion of
these contracts is also a great exam-
ple of Navy working collaboratively
PORT SERVICES ASSURED: (L-R) Greg Hodge, CEO of DMS,
CDRE Mike Van Balen, Commodore Support FHQ, and Swati Dave,
Head of Corporate Finance NAB, sign the new marine services con-
tract at Garden Island, Sydney.
Photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey
conversion to double hull
DEFENCE has selected ST Marine
as the preferred tenderer to convert
HMAS Success to be double hulled.
ST Marine represented the best value
for money and the shortest time out of
The work will be carried out in
Singapore, where the ship has a sched-
uled visit while on deployment in Asia,
and involves the double hulling of
Success to meet International Maritime
Organisation standards for environmental
protection against oil spills.
ST Marine's tender came in under
budget. As a result, funds saved on this
project will be re-directed towards the
priority repair and maintenance work
required on HMA Ships Kanimbla and
Manoora, for which a precautionary
operational pause was recently initiated
by the Chief of Navy. This work will
occur concurrently at Garden Island,
Overseas companies were allowed
to bid for the work on Success because
this is a one-off project -- work of this
type will never again be carried out in
Australia -- and no Australian company
had ever undertaken work of this type.
The ongoing repair and maintenance
of Navy ships happens in Australia and
will stay in Australia. This includes the
regular and ongoing repair and mainte-
nance of Success.
This year Defence will spend approx-
imately $79m on ship repair and main-
tenance in the Sydney region. Next year
Defence has budgeted to spend $81m
on ship repair and maintenance in the
Next year Defence will also issue
tenders for five-year contracts for the
repair and maintenance of Navy ships at
Garden Island. This work will all occur
in Australia and is worth about half a bil-
lion dollars over the five years.
Sailors warned to prepare
for cyclone season in
Australia's tropical north
DEFENCE members in the tropical
north of Australia have been advised
to prepare for a potentially longer and
more active cyclone season.
The possibility of a longer season is
due to the development of the 'La Niña'
weather pattern, which brings greater
heat and moisture to the tropics.
The Bureau of Meteorology predicts
there could be up to 22 cyclones in the
Australian region, up from the long
term average of 12. A number of these
cyclones will not reach the Australian
coastline, but might still bring strong
winds and rainfall.
Many Defence assets in Darwin have
already started their cyclone preparation
Some bases are conducting cyclone
presentations for all staff, especially
those new to the cyclone-prone regions,
and are advising members to get their
families and property cyclone-ready
During the cyclone season, the
Defence Meteorological Support Unit
(DMSU) and Navy meteorologists co-
located in HQJOC in Bungendore will
be providing forecasts and support to
Defence units. These offices are staffed
24-hours a day and can provide updates
on cyclones and other forecasts, when
Members based or living in areas that
may be impacted by cyclones should
check their state's emergency services
website for tips on what to do before and
Contact DMSU on (02) 6128 4355, email
firstname.lastname@example.org or check their website
rides across Australia for
IN ADDITION to growing a styl-
ish mo, reservist AB Troy Dorosz
will raise funds for the Movember
Foundation by embarking on a 25-day
cycling expedition from Perth to
Sydney in November.
The young athlete expects to hit
the road on November 1 to kick-start
Movember fundraising efforts.
AB Dorosz said he was excited to
get on the road and hoped to inspire
and motivate men who suffered with
health issues such as prostate cancer and
"I'm always looking for new ways to
expand my mind and the life I live," AB
"I love adventure and this is such a
great way to get out, see the country and
raise funds for a really great charity."
He said he was passionate about help-
ing and inspiring people to push through
physical and mental boundaries, as well
as demonstrating life's possibilities.
This ride is the first step towards
achieving his ultimate goal, which is to
break the Guinness World Record for the
fastest time to circumnavigate the world.
For more information contact AB Dorosz on
0405 698 924.
ADF Investigative Services (ADFIS)
members rode more than 2808km
from August 30 -- September 3 to
raise money for disability support
group Hartley Lifecare and dog-rescue
organisation ACT Rescue and Foster.
ADF Deputy Provost Marshal
WGCDR Andrew Roberts said ADF
and APS staff took turns in the simu-
lated cycling relay from Canberra to
Wellington in New Zealand.
"Both charities rely heavily on dona-
tions to be able to continue their good
work," WGCDR Roberts said.
"ADFIS is a family and community-
focused organisation so it is fantastic to
become involved with the Canberra com-
CMDR Bryan Parker said the unit
wanted to raise money for charity and
identified organisations with whom they
thought they could make a difference.
"We have a number of members in
the unit who have a personal connection
with ACT Rescue and Foster as they
have adopted dogs through the program,"
CMDR Parker said.
Unit members took turns cycling each
day to ensure they met their target. They
worked in teams of two and signed up
based on their work load.
FLGOFF Bree Baker said the idea
was put through the unit at one of their
weekly meetings and she couldn't miss
out on an opportunity to show her sup-
"I signed up to cycle every day
throughout the event," FLGOFF Baker
said.Both charities rely heavily on dona-
tions from the public and the money
raised throughout the week significantly
Dean Hemana, Hartley Lifecare, said
funds raised would go toward their res-
pite care program.
Wendy Parsons, ACT Rescue and
Foster, said she was impressed by the
"We are very pleased to have ADFIS
cycling to Wellington to raise money for
charity," she said.
"The money raised will go directly to
looking after the dogs."
ADFIS rode 2808km over the five
days and raised $2,364.15.
-- CPL Zenith King
ADFIS members cycle
from Canberra to
RAN meteorologists can be contacted on
(02) 6128 4356.
A Bureau of Meteorology Defence Liaison
Officer is also located in Darwin and can be
contacted on (08) 8920 3870.
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