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Strong support for Ausmarine 2010 exhibition
In his December 2009 editorial, Neil
Baird, Editor-in-Chief of Ausmarine,
Australia's leading commercial marine
industry magazine commented thus on
the response to his announcement of the
Ausmarine 2010 Exhibition and Forum:-
"Over the last five years we have
received many requests as to when we
would present another AUSMARINE
Exhibition and Conference.
We actually announced one for Sydney
in late 2008. Fortunately, though, we
decided not to proceed. With roaring share
and property markets, the Australian
marine market was still obsessed with the
leisure sector. We were also suffering the
rapid destruction of the commercial
Now, thanks to the Global Financial
Crisis, we have seen the extensive
demolition of the leisure sector. Indeed,
five of the top leisure boat builders have
gone bust in the last twelve months or so.
This is very similar to what happened in
the late eighties and early nineties. We kept
our powder dry for five years then.
It seems that our economy, as it affects
the maritime industry, has a 13 to 15 year
cycle. The commercial part enjoys about
ten good years and suffers four or five bad
ones. The leisure part, poor them, endures
So, with the leisure sector pretty much
out on its ear, it was time to look again at a
commercial marine event. In this we have
been greatly encouraged by the many
marine developments in Western Australia,
the "state of excitement".
Almost every day we see reports of
massive new marine related developments
in that state alone. Of course, there are
numerous other, less spectacular
developments occurring around the coasts
of all the other states and the Northern
Territory. Western Australia, though, looks
like enjoying the fruits of about half of it.
Of course, since our last Ausmarine
event in Perth five years ago the situation
has changed dramatically. Apart one or
two, the once prolific lobster boat builders
The survivors are no longer producing
lobster boats. Rather, they are churning out
world leading fast crew/supply boats and
some very impressive patrol and rescue
craft and ferries.
Our old friends at Austal (Of which my
superannuation fund is a shareholder) seem
to have sailed serenely on. Despite their
highly publicised 'Aussie Rules' problems,
the company has produced a wide range of
impressive vessels and remained profitable.
Now, however -- and this is where I believe
our timing is spot on -- we are observing the
start of an enormous marine construction
boom. Almost every week we learn of some
new, and usually larger, project. They involve
offshore oil and gas; mineral ports and
terminals; the re-development of the ports of
Fremantle and Geraldton; coastal residential
and tourist development; and new naval
facilities. The enormous Australian Marine
Complex, just south of Fremantle,
meanwhile, nears completion.
Sadly, there is little or no positive news
from the fishing sector but every other
sector except, perhaps, tourism is dynamic,
bustling and very exciting. It rather
reminds me of the mid-nineties and the
late seventies when Western Australia really
earned its car number plate slogan of "The
State of Excitement".
That is why we are taking Ausmarine
back there in late November next year. The
interest is very strong and the economic
prospects are better than ever. We are very
excited at the thought of this new project."
For further information please contact:
Kishore Navani. Baird Events, Australia.
PH: +61 3 9645 0411, FX: +61 3 9645 0475,
Muir Engineering has exported the first
of its new range of winch equipment to
the Middle East -- in this case, the largest
components the company designs
Managing Director John Muir said the
order, destined for a 141-metre-long vessel
under construction in the Middle East,
comprised an anchor winch, a chain
compressor and four docking capstans.
"The project took eight months to
complete from start (design) to finish
(delivery)," he said.
Mr Muir said he expected increasing
demand for the new product range and
that "big winch" equipment was an area
Muir wanted to expand into further.
The VRC24000 anchoring system,
finished in highly polished stainless steel, is
suitable for vessels up to 150-metres-long.
The winches have a maximum pulling
power of 11.5 tonnes and continuous pulling
capacity of 8.5 tonnes with multi speed from
3-20 metres per minute.
For further information contact:
Muir Engineering, Australia.
New winch equipment exported to the Middle East
Muir Engineering is exporting its new VRC24000
anchoring system for use on a 141-metre vessel
currently under construction
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