Dragon was contracted to manage design, construction and delivery for Hull 692 ‘ACV Thaiyak’ the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service vessel launched at the end of March, 2014.
Thaiyak is powered by twin main Caterpillar 32 engines and can reach a top speed of 12 kt. It can accommodate a crew of 16. The vessel was built jointly by shipbuilders Strategic Marine and Gardline Australia at the latter’s shipyard in Vung Tau, Vietnam and has a planned service life of 20 years.
The 40 m vessel, was acquired under a programme known as the Long Term Ashmore Capability (LTAC), which is aiming to maintain an ACBPS presence around the Ashmore Reef National Nature Reserve and Cartier Island Marine Reserve. The area lies approximately 926 km (500 n miles) from Darwin in the Indian Ocean, and is described as an area “vulnerable to over-fishing”.
The Thaiyak has been designed to be an “On Station Vessel” and will carry out border protection services for the northern waters of Australia.
Australian immigration minister Scott Morrison held a naming ceremony for a new Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) patrol vessel in Perth on 20 June 2014.
The 40 m vessel, christened ACV Thaiyak , was acquired under a programme known as the Long Term Ashmore Capability (LTAC), which is aiming to maintain an ACBPS presence around the Ashmore Reef National Nature Reserve and Cartier Island Marine Reserve. The area lies approximately 926 km (500 n miles) from Darwin in the Indian Ocean, and was described by Morrison as an area “vulnerable to over-fishing”.
“ACV Thaiyak will significantly bolster Australia’s ability to detect and respond to illegal maritime threats in Australian waters, and complements the new Cape-class patrol boat fleet,” said the minister. Besides countering illegal fishing, the ACBPS also indicated that Thaiyak will be deployed in response to “illegal maritime arrivals” and will intercept a “range of threats in the maritime domain”.
Thaiyak will replace a current vessel, ACV Asmore Guardian , from September 2014 and has been designed to remain on station for up to three months at a time with resupply and crew changes being conducted in-situ.
Thaiyak’s christening comes on the back of a statement by Morrison announcing that no people-smuggling vessels have arrived on Australia’s shores since 19 December 2013.
Award Winning Vessel
Dragon is proud to announce that ACV Thaiyak has won the ACT Defence Project of the Year award 2014. This award is given to Defence projects for high quality products delivered on time and on budget.
The Thaiyak has also been nominated for the upcoming Australian National Defence Award and further enforces Dragon’s ability to provide industry expertise to a wide range of stakeholders.