Defence is poised to enter into a standing agreement with an Australian anti-microbial treatment specialist, in the wake of the continued COVID-19 outbreak.
Protection Brands has entered into a standing offer with the Department of Defence to provide sanitisation and surface treatment services to the Royal Australian Navy.
The company recently completed its first application of antimicrobial shield treatment to surfaces on Australia’s major surface ship fleet. The non-toxic, long lasting, hypoallergenic process is capable of eradicating close to 100 per cent of all known pathogens and viruses.
Protection Brands and subsidiary company Permagard Australia are leading suppliers of asset protection services and bio-hazard protective coatings.
The company is an established service provider to the commercial aviation and automotive sectors in Australia and to companies including Qantas, Virgin Australia, Honda Australia and Mercedes Benz Australia Pacific.
“Whilst we offer a range of asset protection services, interest in our anti-microbial shield treatment has escalated dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Protection Brands Group managing director Mark Pettitt.
“Protection Brand’s ‘Persistent Antimicrobial Shield Technology’ is a well established and proven technology. It has been successfully tested against pathogens and viruses capable of creating the rapid spread of person to person infections in confined spaces, such as within aircraft, ships and motor vehicles.”
Pettitt said that prior to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the company was primarily liaising with operators in the commercial aviation and motor vehicle sector.
“Airlines and transport companies are acutely aware of the risks associated with SARS, bird flu, swine flu and Ebola virus and the continuing prevalence of other serious diseases such as norovirus and now coronavirus,” he said.
“With most airlines suspending operations, we have seized the opportunity to pivot and expand our specialist services into new channels in an effort to assist in containing the pandemic both here in Australia and overseas. We are tremendously proud to have been selected to work with the Royal Australian Navy in helping protect their personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Protection Brands general manager and RAN project lead Andrew Forster said the initial treatment had been successfully implemented in record time.
“Within a four-week period, we have completed treatments of more than 30 Royal Australian Navy vessels located in all major Australian ports,” he said.
“The vessels have included amphibious assault ships HMAS Adelaide and HMAS Canberra and guided missile destroyers HMAS Brisbane, HMAS Hobart and HMAS Sydney.”