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Premier visits shipbuilder Lürssen in Germany

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Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan and Agent General of the European office John Atkins met with world-leading shipbuilder Lürssen in Bremen in Germany in March. 

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan and Agent General of the European office John Atkins met with world-leading shipbuilder Lürssen in Bremen in Germany in March. 

In November 2017, the Commonwealth Government selected German shipbuilder Lürssen as the international design partner for $3.5 billion Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Program, which will see the replacement of the fleet of Patrol Boats currently in service for the Royal Australian Navy. The program has commenced in South Australia to build the first two vessels and will continue in Western Australia in 2020 to build the remaining 10 vessels. 

The work in Western Australia will be split between Henderson-based shipbuilding Forgacs Marine and Defence (a subsidiary of Civmec) and Austal, and is expected to create 400 jobs.

Lürssen established its first Australian office in Henderson, Western Australia, last year.

In meeting with Lürssen, the Premier discussed the Offshore Patrol Vessel program, supply chain requirements and Western Australia's potential as a base for exports into the Asia-Pacific region.

"I know first-hand that our State already boasts an experienced shipbuilding industry with the expertise and capability to build vessels for the Australian Navy and for export,” said Premier Mark McGowan.

Why invest in Western Australia’s Defence and Shipbuilding sector?

  • Western Australia has been identified by the Commonwealth as one of two strategic locations for naval and commercial shipbuilding, upgrade, maintenance and sustainment in Australia.
  • WA already hosts Australia’s largest common user facility, the Australian Marine Complex, located opposite one of Australia’s two major naval bases. 
  • As a global oil and gas and shipbuilding hub including 180 companies with direct defence contracts, the state has developed world-leading R&D capabilities and industrial know-how.
  • Strategic location on the Indian Ocean and close proximity to Asia-Pacific markets makes WA the perfect base for exports.


For more information about the defence sector in Western Australia please visit: http://wago.co.uk/work/defence/