• ASC shipyard workers conduct heavy maintenance on the bow and torpedo tubes of a Collins class submarine during a full cycle docking.  Credit: ASC David Evans
    ASC shipyard workers conduct heavy maintenance on the bow and torpedo tubes of a Collins class submarine during a full cycle docking. Credit: ASC David Evans
  • ASC Interim CEO Stuart Whiley and BMT MD Peter Behrendt. Credit ASC Shipbuilding
    ASC Interim CEO Stuart Whiley and BMT MD Peter Behrendt. Credit ASC Shipbuilding
  • The project has gone from 'concern' status to one of exemplar, according to Coles. Credit: ASC
    The project has gone from 'concern' status to one of exemplar, according to Coles. Credit: ASC
  • Senator Marise Payne Minister for Defence and Matt Williams member for Hindmarsh survey the maintenance progress of HMAS Collins in the Submarine Full Cycle Docking Production Hall. Credit: Defence
    Senator Marise Payne Minister for Defence and Matt Williams member for Hindmarsh survey the maintenance progress of HMAS Collins in the Submarine Full Cycle Docking Production Hall. Credit: Defence
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Submarine builder and sustainer ASC today signed a collaboration agreement with leading international engineering consultancy BMT to meet increasing demand for ASC’s submarine platform expertise and experience.

The 12-month collaboration agreement, signed at ASC’s submarine headquarters at Osborne, SA, will aim to strengthen ASC’s roles as builder and sustainer of Australia’s submarine fleet, the Collins Class.

Touting ASC's "sovereign submarine platform company" status and its recognition of its central role in expanding Australia’s capability in coming years, chief executive Stuart Whiley said,"under this agreement, ASC will be better able to meet increasing demands for our work on the Collins Class fleet, as well as our growing role in the Future Submarine space”.

ASC Interim CEO Stuart Whiley and BMT Business Development Director Rob Steel. Credit ASC Shipbuilding
ASC Interim CEO Stuart Whiley and BMT Business Development Director Rob Steel. Credit ASC Shipbuilding

ASC last year secured a further five-year performance period for the sustainment contract for the Collins Class submarine fleet and is also expanding its expert assistance to the Future Submarine project office, providing approximately 28 seconded staff.

BMT business development director Rob Steel said the collaboration agreement provided an opportunity to expand its work in submarine sustainment, enhancement and design, as part of ASC’s Technical Support Network.

“BMT has a long-standing pedigree in global submarine design and support and we are excited by the potential for this agreement to provide real opportunities in Australia’s growing submarine platform sector, especially in supporting the Collins Class fleet, which will remain in service well into the 2030s.” 

The collaboration agreement was signed on Wednesday, 24 January, and runs for 12 months.

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