Perth marine engineering group CIVMEC (ASX:CVL) has completed construction of a massive new modular ship construction hall at the Henderson marine precinct.
The 52,000 square metre facility is an incredible 18 storeys, or 70 metres tall, 130 metres long and 40 wide.
Built to house complete air warfare destroyers, frigates and offshore patrol vessels as well as marine oil and gas structures, the hall’s massive roof was lifted into place having been assembled at ground level.
The new hall rivals one being built at the Osborne Naval Precinct in Adelaide where Australia’s Hunter class frigates and Attack class submarines will be built.
CIVMEC executive chairman James Fitzgerald said the company’s heavy engineering facility was one of the best in the world offering 100,000 square metres of usable undercover space.
He said: “The sheer scale of what we have achieved, and the state of the art equipment now at our disposal, is unrivalled.”
One of the facility’s early tasks will be to construct 10 offshore patrol vessels for the federal government – the first two are being built in Adelaide.
The company, which got its start during the resources boom a decade ago, will employ an additional 1,100 staff, including 100 new apprentices when the facility is fully operational.
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