Babcock Australasia and Franmarine have announced that both companies have entered into a partnership for the delivery of critical underwater and biofouling management services for the Royal Australian Navy.
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The recently announced agreement falls under RMP-West, where the companies will provide integrated biofouling management support services to all RAN surface ships in Western Australia, a Babcock Australasia spokesperson confirmed.
It is hoped that the agreement will help keep Australian waters safe, meeting Australia’s biofouling management requirements, preventing the spread of invasive marine species.
The two companies have also collaborated on biofouling and ships husbandry for the Anzac Class and LHDs since 2018 as part of WAMA and ACPC, respectively.
The partnership has enabled the creation of innovative new biofouling management systems, while supporting the ongoing development of Franmarine’s export business.
“Babcock’s partnership with Franmarine demonstrates our commitment to invest in local industry to deliver innovation and capability to the Australian Defence Force,” Simon Spratt, acting managing director – marine at Babcock Australia, said.
“This is a great example of how Babcock continues to support small and medium enterprises. We remain committed to supporting and growing our sovereign supply chain, helping Australia to remain safe and secure.”
Franmarine chief executive officer Adam Falconer-West said the partnership with Babcock was instrumental to the company’s growth in the region.
“Franmarine now delivers a holistic biofouling management capability while continually augmenting conventional ships husbandry capability with innovation and technology. This approach has proven to enhance productivity outputs and deliverables,” said Falconer-West.
“Partnerships like this one with Babcock enable reoccurring investment in research and development programs that lead to positive innovation and technology outcomes which ultimately benefit the Commonwealth of Australia.”