Dragon Industries Asia (DIA) will be providing construction management services for the joint partnership between Strategic Marine Viet Nam (SMV) and Gardline Australia for the Australian Customs Ashmore Reef project.
SMV will build the 40-metre Long Term Ashmore Capability (LTAC) On Station Vessel, which is designed for long-term deployment and self-sufficiency, at its Vung Tau shipyard.
Australian Customs & Border Protection will station the LTAC at Ashmore Island, an external Australian territory approximately 500 nautical miles from Darwin on the continental shelf.
The LTAC vessel’s steel hull and aluminium superstructure design stems from Gardline’s previous experience with the Ashmore Guardian, which is currently operating in the same location and which the LTAC is intended to replace in mid-2014.
- Twin Caterpillar 32 engines and a bowthruster
- Twin davits and tenders
- Draft of 2.4 metres and breadth of 11.5 metres
- Cruising speed of 12 knots
- Accommodation for 13 crew and 24 passengers
- Fuel capacity 178 tonnes / 212,000 litres
Construction of the vessel began in July 2013.