AMC Management (AMCM) have been awarded facility qualification for the docking and undocking of Australian warships.
The company was assessed by the RAN’s Engineer Branch (NEB) as meeting the requirements of DEF (AUST) 5000 and are now qualified to undertake the docking and transfer at the Henderson Common User Facility of certain ADF vessels up to the following capacities:
- Floating Dock with the floating dock roadway in place: lifting capacity - 12,000 tonnes and transfer capacity - 3,500 tonnes.
- Self-Propelled Modular Transporters: maximum localised wheel load of 10 tonnes per wheel configured to lift specific class of vessel, and a maximum operating wind speed of 15 knots.
- Hardstanding: displacement of 3,300 tonnes, hardstand location – 150 tonnes per cradle beam at 2.1 metre spacing.
To meet the qualification AMCM has a maintenance management system and regime, documented procedures for docking and undocking, a qualified and experienced Dockmaster and support staff for docking and transport, and requisite quality, environmental and safety procedures.
In 2018, AMCM was assessed by Department of Defence Maritime Integrated Risk Insurance Services (MIRIS) Group to determine the risks to Defence vessels posed by the facilities they use. The assessment reviewed and tested the overall management, safety, quality assurance and quality control of the systems and procedures.
AMCM achieved top marks for all criteria and was found in summary to equal world’s best practice.