Adelaide-based Cold Logic has secured a multi-million contract with BAE Systems to construct and install cold and cool rooms for the first batch of three Hunter Class frigates.
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Cold Logic will partner with UK company Ernest West & Beynon (EWB), drawing on the company’s experience supplying the Type 26 program, which is the reference design for the Hunter Class frigates, which are being built at Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia.
The contract includes the construction of a refrigerated storeroom, which includes a cold room, cool room, refrigerated airlock and dairy room, and refrigeration machinery.
BAE Systems Australia is working closely with the Commonwealth to maximise Australian content on the Hunter Class Frigate Program and is currently tracking well above its minimum Australian contract expenditure for the design and productionisation phase of the Hunter program.
Craig Lockhart, managing director of BAE Systems Australia – Maritime, said, “Through Cold Logic’s demonstrated expertise in providing a superior service and Ernest West & Beynon’s proven capability on the Type 26 program, we are getting a world-class product for a world-class ship.”
Jeff Cannan, founder and director of Cold Logic, expanded on the comments made by Lockhart, explaining the opportunity presented by the contract with BAE Systems, saying, “With the award of the Hunter Class Frigate Program to BAE Systems Australia, we sought out EWB to establish a partnership that would bring the existing and reliable provision refrigeration system onboard the UK Type 26 frigate to Australia without reinventing the wheel and saving significant expenditure on the package.”
“Through early involvement in the project and partnership, Cold Logic and BAE Systems Australia are able to leverage the skills and expertise that already exist in Australia and are able to make use of our sovereign supply chain,” Lockhart added.
David Vos, operations director for Ernest West & Beynon, said, “Ernest West & Beynon feels it has found a partner which complements our business and we can trust to uphold our longstanding reputation for quality bespoke marine refrigeration solutions.”