BIRDON hosted a sneak-peak event for the new multi-purpose vessel it is building for the Port Authority of New South Wales at its Port Macquarie shipyard.

In attendance was Leslie Williams state member for Port Macquarie, and Port Authority of NSW CEO Captain Philip Holliday.

This project will see Birdon construct two state of the art, multi-purpose vessels that will be an essential part of the port authority’s Sydney and Port Botany fleet. The first vessel is already underway with the second scheduled to begin early next year.

The vessels will be used for critical on-water operations, emergency responses to fires, oil spills, and other maritime incidents.

“This multimillion-dollar vessel build is a critical project for Port Authority and while I receive regular updates on its progress to date, there is nothing like seeing the workmanship of master ship builders in person,’’ Mr Holliday said.

Birdon CEO Jamie Bruce said, “the new vessels have been designed in consultation with Port Authority of NSW operational staff and marine operations teams, and will be built to go faster, have improved manoeuvrability and better access to shallow areas for firefighting operations and incident response.

“Our team of skilled engineers and tradespeople are proud to be building two new multi-purpose vessels which will help respond to incidents and ensure the safety of water users as an important part of iconic Sydney Harbour.”

Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams said the $10million contract is a great investment in local jobs for Port Macquarie, with 40 Birdon staff and an additional 20 subcontractors working on the vessels locally.

“The vessels are being built, from keel laying to fit out, at Birdon’s Port Macquarie shipyard and are providing a great opportunity for local tradies to secure work,” Mrs Williams said.

“Birdon have designed and delivered a range of multi-million-dollar vessels and have provided a vital boost to the local economy during the COVID-19 crisis over the past year.

“This is a clear demonstration of the way regional industries are supporting not just local and State economies but retaining highly skilled workers in regional towns.”

A video produced by PANSW about the event.