Minister Shortlists Bidders for New Ship Maintenance Contracts

On 20 May 2011, the Minister for Defence Materiel, Jason Clare, announced that the tender had been released for a five-year contract worth approximately $300 million for the repair and maintenance of the Navy’s eight Anzac Class frigates.
Following an open tender process, four companies or joint ventures have been short-listed to compete for the work — BAE Systems, Babcock/UGL Infrastructure, Thales Australia, and DMS Maritime/Transfield Services.
This is the first of the new group maintenance contracts to be released for tender.
Currently, each maintenance activity is contracted individually to a panel of companies who compete for the work.
This reform will end that system and create five-year performance-based contracts for the maintenance and repair of Navy ships.
Mr Clare said reforming the way this work is contracted will provide the Navy and local industry with more certainty – ending the burden for industry of bidding for every job.
“This reform provides more security for Australian businesses and more job security for their workforce,” Mr Clare said.

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