The Australian Commercial Marine Group is experiencing rapid growth in membership as Australian companies engaged in commercial marine and defence maritime industries look to maximise business opportunities. Prime defence contractor Forgacs Marine & Defence is amongst the companies joining the association in recent weeks.

Forgacs has been established for over 50 years and provides support to the Australian defence and commercial market through ship construction, ship repair, service & maintenance, asset disposal, defence estate, civil and bulk earthworks and associated infrastructure.

Forgacs Marine & Defence is a wholly owned subsidiary of Civmec, and is currently in the running for the SEA1180 project for the building of 12 Offshore Patrol Vessels in conjunction with ASC Shipbuilding in Adelaide. ASC and Forgacs will form an Australian registered joint venture combining ASC’s experience in naval shipbuilding, Forgacs rich shipbuilding, repair & maintenance history and Civmec’s world class steel fabrication quality and efficiency.  Dutch company Damen Shipyards Group and German ship builder Lurssen have both teamed with the ASC Forgacs joint venture in two separate bids already submitted to the Commonwealth.

Forgacs Managing Director Mike Deeks said “We have re-structured and re-engineered our iconic Australian ship building company specifically to be able to handle contracts like SEA1180 efficiently and effectively. Our new $80m world-class shipbuilding facility under construction in Henderson Western Australia will rival the best shipyards in the world and is part of Forgacs goal to enhance Australia’s profile as a globally recognised premium naval ship builder. We look forward to working with ACMG members as part of our significant supply chain requirements for this and all future projects”.

Other companies to join the ACMG recently include P&W Marine, Marine Contracting & Consulting, BTB Marine, Perth Marine Electrical Services, Rogers & Lough Marine Engineers, Exclusive Coatings, Wildon Engineering, Planet Wrap, and Commercial Marine Australia.

ACMG Business Development Manager Denis Maher said “We are delighted to welcome Forgacs and all our other new members on board the ACMG, and look forward to providing every assistance possible in the all-important process of securing new contracts and consistent work, and ultimately creating more jobs in the Australian marine industry”.

The Australian Commercial Marine Group (ACMG), created under the AIMEX & Superyacht Australia umbrella is the leading industry body supporting, developing and promoting the Australian Commercial and Defence Maritime Industry both nationally and internationally. The ACMG is dedicated to supporting its members through the promotion of Australia’s commercial marine operations, shipbuilding and ship repair capabilities including infrastructure, services and manufacturers of associated marine equipment to ensure consistent growth and development of all facets of the industry.

ACMG will be present at a variety of boat shows and industry events in 2017 and 2018, and hosts the Commercial Marine Industry Awards at the annual ASMEX Conference to be held at Sanctuary Cove 22 – 24th May this year.  

If you would like to find out more about the Australian Commercial Marine Group, please get in touch with Denis Maher via email