THE AUSTRALIAN Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has announced a tender opportunity for Australian storage and warehousing businesses for a contract for the preservation and logistical management of hundreds of heritage maritime artefacts.   

The artefacts, ranging from original lighthouse lenses to ship models and lighthouse blueprints, are important to Australia’s maritime history.  

AMSA manages a network of about 480 aids to navigation around Australia, ensuring the safety of seafarers and protecting the country’s coastline.   

AMSA’s executive director response Mark Morrow said it was important to specialise the management of heritage maritime artefacts to ensure Australia’s rich maritime history is preserved for current and future generations.  

“It’s the first time such opportunity presented itself,” Mr Morrow said. 

“These artefacts are integral to Australia’s maritime history, and their ongoing preservation is crucial for safeguarding our maritime heritage for future generations. 

“They physically embody the passage of time and technological development in our country’s rich maritime history, and for communities around Australia – particularly those of our former lighthouse keepers – they are also important keepsakes for memory and storytelling purposes.” 

The tender, available on AusTender (ATM ID 24AMSA002), invites businesses to provide services including warehousing and storage, logistical services for specialised freight, stocktaking, and remediation.   

Tender submissions close on 14 March.  

For more information, find the tender pack on AusTender.  

Interested businesses can also contact AMSA’s procurement team. 

This tender announcement follows the release of five of eight regional maintenance contracts on 8 February as part of AMSA’s new regional aids to navigation maintenance model.