ASC Shipbuilding has won an international maritime safety award for an in-house designed-and-built system that monitors fire risks and directs the emergency response.
The Portable Fire Control System was designed and manufactured by ASC Shipbuilding personnel and is partly credited with a track record of eight years in which there have been no major fire incidents at the company's facility in Osborne, South Australia.
The system is a network of dozens of multi-function panels distributed throughout a major vessel under construction that are used to raise the alarm and provide information of any fires or fire risks detected. It was developed jointly by ASC Shipbuilding’s Electrical and Controls Team and Emergency Response Group.
The Royal Institute of Naval Architects (RINA) awarded ASC the Lloyds Register Maritime Safety Award 2017 at the annual awards gala in London. ASC's acting CEO Jim Cuthill said the award recognised the safety and learning culture of the company, which is responsible for delivering the ship platforms for the Air Warfare Destroyer program.
“ASC Shipbuilding may be a young company but we are showing we have cutting edge capability and a highly productive workforce,” Mr Cuthill said. “This prestigious international award demonstrates our commitment to practical safety and innovation - qualities which our workforce will bring to future shipbuilding roles, starting with the Offshore Patrol Vessel program later this year.
"ASC Shipbuilding is also strongly placed to become the sovereign Australian shipbuilder of the Future Frigates, starting in 2020, subcontracting to the prime contractor-designer of the government’s choice.”