Marine Log

December 19, 2006

Syncrolift for Techport Australia

Rolls-Royce is to provide the Government of South Australia with an A$50 million (US$39 million) Syncrolift shiplift which will be a key element of a major new shipbuilding and ship repair development at Techport Australia, a naval shipbuilding complex being developed by the Government of South Australia.

The Syncrolift will have capacity for ships of up to 9,300 tons, including the Royal Australian Navy's new Air Warfare Destroyers which will be built by ASC at Techport Australia in Adelaide.

Rolls-Royce will team with a variety of South Australian businesses to build the 156 m long Syncrolift.

It will go into service in 2009 and will include a ship transfer system from Norwegian company TTS which will move vessels between the Syncrolift and maintenance/build berths on shore.

Techport Australia will be designed to permit a future increase of the Syncrolift to 210 m, with capacity for Panamax-size ships.

Another Syncrolift is already in operation at ASC, next to Techport Australia, which services Collins Class submarines. The RAN operates another Syncrolift at its Darwin Naval Base.