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Final tender opens for maritime aids to navigation maintenance

Final tender opens for maritime aids to navigation maintenance

The eagerly awaited tender for technical support and logistics for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) maritime aids to navigation network is now officially open on AusTender.

This expansive network includes some of Australia’s oldest lighthouses, marine buoys and beacons, automatic identification systems for boats and ships, met-ocean sensors and other critical components.

Supporting future regional maintenance contractors, the successful tenderer for technical support and logistics will play a crucial role in completing the AMSA’s new regionalised model for maintenance delivery on the aids to navigation network.

Eight other tender packages for regional-based maintenance work under this model are currently available on AusTender. The regions include North Queensland – the area of operation of the AMSA’s emergency tug which protects the Great Barrier Reef – Torres Strait MetOcean, South Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania (combined region), South Australia, Western Australia and Northern Territory.

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AMSA executive director response Mark Morrow said the safety authority was stepping away from a single national provider for maintenance, with the new regionalised model providing more diversification through more opportunities for more Australian businesses.

“Our regional maintenance contractors will focus on aids to navigation within their geographical region, increasing the depth of their knowledge and experience with these aids,” said Morrow.

“They will be supported through AMSA’s in-house expertise, and the successful tenderer who secures the technical support and logistics contract.

“Services under the technical support and logistics contract will include remote technical support and monitoring of the network, equipment repair, configuration and testing, and logistics for the procurement, storage and shipping of equipment needed by regional contractors.”

Morrow highlighted that the technical capability and support levels exceed those offered under the previous national model for maintenance delivery.

“We’re looking forward to announcing the award of contracts in due course, and realising the benefits of this new regionalised model to the ongoing maintenance and operation of this network for which we have been the custodians for the last three decades,” he said.

The AMSA strongly encourages interested businesses to view all of the nine tenders on AusTender.

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