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In recognition of AMS Maritime’s virtuosity in Asset maintenance and delivering above customers’ expectations, service level agreements and availability targets, in 2014 AMS Maritime was awarded for the third time the Maintenance Contract for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) for a period of ten (10) years. This ensured that AMSG has supported AMSA for a total of 24 years.
Within this AMSA Aids to Navigation contract AMSG maintains the following systems:

Emergency Towage Vessel (ETV)

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) manages the national emergency towage capability on behalf of the national decision maker, the Maritime Emergency Response Commander (MERCOM). Emergency towage is an important part of the casualty management system as part of the initial response to assist a ship that is incapacitated and in danger of grounding, sinking, or otherwise causing pollution.

The AMS Group-managed Coral Knight is based in Cairns in partnership with TEEKAY Shipping and provides emergency towage and first response capability in Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait. In addition, the Coral Knight supports multi agency activities including Aid to Navigation works among other maritime activities.

Maritime and Safety Tasmania (MaST)

AMS Group through its division AMS Maritime, has over the past 10 years successfully supported Maritime

Safety Tasmania (MaST) by conducting planned and

corrective maintenance of the State of Tasmania Aids to Navigation Network.
MaST is responsible for the state of Tasmania’s non-federal (AMSA) Maritime Aids to Navigation and is the owner and custodian for 123 lit navigation aids and 170 unlit navigation aids located around Tasmania.
With an uncompromising environment, Tasmania, whilst rugged and visually spectacular, presents varied challenges for the AMS Maritime team which is accomplished via a unique capability and unparalleled level of expertise.
Scope of Work
AMS Maritime currently maintains, at exceptional levels of serviceability 293 Aids to Navigation undertaking;

  • Planned Maintenance and servicing;
  • Remedial and Breakdown Maintenance;
  • Condition reporting;
  • Record keeping of maintenance history and data management;
  • Provision of professional advice to MAST in relation to Engineering, navigation aids; and
  • Storage of MAST spare parts and consumables relating to the contract Works.

July 2017 AMS Maritime was awarded a new 5-year contract through competitive tender with 3-year option through to 2025, this will culminate in the AMS/MaST relationship to 18 valued years of AMSG providing a complete managed service of Aids to Navigation to MaST. AMSG provides this service statewide from our purpose-built AMS Maritime depot in Hobart.

  • AMSG trusted and engaged to provide services to MaST through to 2025
  • 293 individual Aids to Navigation maintained to high availability
  • Whole of State (Tasmania) under AMSG support

Pilbara Port Authority

Pilbara Port Authority is a significantly large client of AMS Maritime and has been over the past 5 years. In 2012, AMS Maritime was engaged to design, install and maintain a Vessel Traffic Management System for Dampier Port Region.

This system provides vessel traffic management and monitoring from Onslow in south through to the newly established Mt Anketell Port north of Dampier. The system was installed in stages to meet the needs of increased traffic management during the resources boom in the North-West Region with the full system being fully functional and operational in April 2017.

In Feb 2017, AMS Maritime was successfully awarded the contract to Design, Install, Commission and Maintain an integrated Vessel Traffic Management System for Port Hedland the largest bulk port in Australia.

The Vessel Traffic Management System forms a key component of the $70 Million Dollar Integrated Marine Operations Centre that is in development and is being delivered to support the long-term sustainability of the port.

The Port Hedland Vessel Traffic System design is similar to the Dampier Port Vessel Traffic System and will have a number of common sub-systems that will form the Vessel Traffic System.

AMS Maritime is working closely with Saab, Kelvin Hughes, Silent Sentinel and Zetron to provide a state of the art, fit for purpose system for Port Hedland.

Currently AMS Maritime is conducting Detailed Design work with the assistance of Port Hedland, with the expectation that the system will start to be installed in the first half of 2018 and commissioned in the second half of 2018.

The Port Hedland VTS System will, on completion, consist of the world leading Saab Maritime Insight VTMIS Software integrated with the state of the art Kelvin Hughes SBS-900 SharpEyeTM Solid State X Band Radar system that will provide the detection and tracking capability of the system.

23 Silent Sentinel Low Light, Long Range Closed Circuit Television Cameras which will be installed around the port area to provide identification ability with the Zetron Voice Communication System providing the Port the ability to communicate with all vessels entering and exiting the port.

AMS Maritime has designed an ergonomic and state of the art Operational Centre where the port staff will be able to manage efficiently and effectively the day to day operations of the port.

A separate Emergency Incident and Response Room has also been catered for which will provide key stakeholders and decision makers an overall situational picture of the port at any time. The key stakeholders will have all available information made available to them using a purpose built and state of the art interactive Wall Screen.  

Australian Defence Department

AMS Defence has worked closely with all arms of the Australian Defence Force with key projects at Port Wakefield Proof and Experimental Range Establishment, RAAF Base Tindal and Darwin and the Warship Asset Management Agreement – Alliance.

In 2014 AMS Defence delivered an integrated Vessel and Vehicle Tracking Surveillance System to the Land Forces for the monitoring and safety of area land and waters surrounding the Port Wakefield Defence Establishment.

AMS Defence also works closely with prime Defence Contractors in support of the Air Search and Monitoring Radars in support of the Air Services Australia.

In 2016 AMS Defence as part of our role as the Service and Support Agent for the Kelvin Hughes Radar System started working closely with the Warship Asset Management Agreement – Alliance in support of the Navigation Radar System on board the Upgraded ANZAC Class Fast Frigate ships.

AMS Defence has over the past 12 months have attended a number of the Upgraded ANZAC Class ships and carried out full radar system grooms as well as identified and rectified long standing urgent defects that have allowed the ships to complete strategically significant tasking both here in Australia and abroad.

Darwin Port – Darwin Port Vessel Tracking System

AMS Maritime was engaged in 2013 by Darwin Port to Design, Install and Maintain a Vessel Traffic Management Information System in support of safely managing the increased traffic and vessel movements and the interaction between pleasure craft and shipping within the port during the construction phase of the INPEX Project.

In May 2014 AMS Maritime formally commissioned and handed over one of the most complex Integrated Vessel Traffic Management Information Systems in Australia to the Port Authority.

AMS Maritime in conjunction with Saab Technologies, Kelvin Hughes Limited and many other trusted partners designed a Vessel Traffic Management Information System that has enabled the Port Authority to safely manage vessel traffic through the port.

AMS Maritime supplied a complete VTMIS System using the Saab V3000 VTS Software integrated with the Klein Port Management System. This system allows the Port Operations Centre and VTSOs based at East Arm the ability to monitor the port in its entirety and communicate and track vessels approaching the outer regions of the harbour through to the ships final berth.

Using the latest generation Solid State SharpEyeTM radar systems integrated with Long Range Low Light Camera Systems and the Saab V3000 Vessel Tracking System all vessels can be detected, tracked and identified.

A port and harbour dedicated situational awareness Wall Screen Display was provided to enable the key stakeholders and emergency services the ability to monitor operations within the harbour and port in case of an emergency situation.

The final piece of the VTMIS System was the supply, installation and commissioning of the integrated Portable Pilot Units. AMS Maritime supplied the AD Navigation ADX XR Extreme Portable Pilot Units with the integrated Qastor Connect Software allowing the Darwin Port Pilots the ability to not only have high integrity and independent navigational sensor equipment but also receive display all traffic being monitored and managed by the VTS System thus providing them a full and complete situational picture when safely piloting the “K” Line Gas Ships.   

Chevron Australia

AMS Maritime is a long-term supplier of both complex integrated marine electronic systems as well as Aids to Navigation in support of Chevron Australia projects and operations in the North-West of Western Australia and the Tasman Sea in Bass Strait.

AMS Maritime has completed a number of projects in support of Chevron Australia both onshore and offshore with AMS Maritime designing, supplying and commissioning Vessel Tracking Systems in support of the Wheatstone Onshore LNG Facility and the Wheatstone LNG Offshore Platform Facility.

AMS Maritime is currently in the processes of upgrading the Barrow Island Gorgon Project Vessel Tracking System to the latest generation Saab Maritime Insight VTS Software.

AMS Maritime has been contracted to design, supply and commission the vessel tracking system to enable safe management and passage of vessels entering the pristine waters surrounding Barrow Island.

With the system being upgraded to the Saab Maritime Insight System integrated with the Kelvin Hughes SBS-800 SharpEyeTM Solid State Radar System at Barrow Island, Chevron Australia will have commonality of equipment and systems across all the three key LNG facility allowing for full interconnectivity and situational awareness if needed.

SNC Lavalin

As part of our support to the Gas and Oil Industry, AMS Maritime helps support the prime maintenance contractor to Chevron Australia, SNC Lavalin.

AMS Maritime is currently working with SNC Lavalin in providing technical maintenance and technical training for both Vessel Tracking Systems for the Offshore Oil and Gas Platforms as well as supporting them with maintenance activities for traditional Aids to Navigation equipment.

AMS Maritime has had a long-standing relationship with SNC Lavalin through Kentz Engineering and Construction that was acquired by SNC Lavalin in 2014.

AMS Maritime is currently working with SNC Lavalin in supporting the Vessel Tracking System installed on board the Wheatstone Offshore Processing Facility as the platform heads to towards completion of commissioning and the start of production.

Onshore, AMS Maritime is assisting SNC Lavalin in supporting both the current Vessel Tracking System installed at the Gorgon Project at Barrow Island but also supporting Aids to Navigation installed within the port region at Barrow Island.

Port of Melbourne

Port of Melbourne is a critical client to AMS Maritime, with AMS Maritime providing support across a number of different technical fields. AMS Maritime has worked with the Port since the establishment of Australian Maritime Systems (AMS).
Recently AMS Maritime supplied, installed, commissioned and services two SBS-900 Solid State SharpEyeTM radar systems as part of the staged VTS Upgrade project that the Port of Melbourne is conducting.