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Australia names floating dry dock ‘Yagan’
Thursday, 25 February 2010 07:47

The Australian Maritime Complex, along with Landcorp, Western Australia, recently announced the name of a new floating dry dock at its official naming ceremony.

The floating dock was given the traditional Nyoongar name ‘Yagan’ by the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council in consultation with Nyoongar Elders.

“Yagan”, the Nyoongar word for tortoise, metaphorically refers to the amphibious functions of the floating dock.

“Winning the tender to build the floating dry dock was an honour for Strategic Marine as there are few marine tenders of this magnitude in the local marine industry,” said Mark Newbold, Chairman of Strategic Marine, Australia.

With fully automated ballast and manoeuvring systems the dock has the capacity to lift 12,000-tonne vessels, such as Collins-class submarines, and commercial vessels out of the water for service and maintenance work.  

The 99-metre-long by 53-metre-wide structure is capable of providing the land transfer of docked vessels up to 3,500 tonnes.

The floating dock project is a key component of the Western Australian Government's US$155 million commitment to infrastructure upgrades at the AMC.

The floating dock is expected to inject US$1.8 billion into Western Australia’s economy over the next 25 years.