Our experience in vessel acquisition and maritime systems procurement spans the vessel’s life cycle, from requirements analysis, specification, design, construction and trials, to acceptance, delivery and through-life support.
We design and build vessels to provide specific capabilities, such as tugs, work boats, lightweight utility boats, torpedo targets, fuel barges, and offshore support vessels. DMS Maritime’s engineers and naval architects provide responsive solutions to meet industry needs. We modify vessels to fulfil specialised roles in submarine rescue, offshore exploration, geoscientific and marine research, deep ocean recovery, cable laying, seamanship and navigational training, and offshore platform supply.
A major vessel build program
A major component of DMS Maritime’s Fleet Marine Services Contract with the Commonwealth of Australia is the Contractor Asset Acquisition Program (CAAP). The CAAP is acquiring 18 new vessels and 110 replacement vessels for the Royal Australian Navy. The vessels will deliver the contracted Fleet Marine Services, their performance being assured by DMS Maritime’s ongoing in-service support. Over three years, the CAAP team will manage the design, build, trials, set-to-work and delivery of a submarine escape gear ship and a submarine rescue gear ship, four azimuth stern-drive tugs, a small harbour tug, four self-propelled water-fuel lighters, five harbour support craft, a recruit sea familiarisation training ship, and a consort vessel. By integrating the vessels’ functional requirements and maintenance planning with their design, the CAAP team is introducing total asset management methodologies to Navy’s support craft fleet. The team will procure the replacement vessels over the next eight years. These will include rigid hull inflatable and small inflatable boats. Contracts for 14 new vessels have already been signed while 12 of 16 Juliet 3 RHIBs and all eight FC530 inflatable boats have been delivered.