The Common User Facility (CUF) is part of the Fabrication Precinct at the Australian Marine Complex (AMC). The CUF is a large, integrated fabrication and assembly facility with extensive load-out wharves that is available to multiple, concurrent users.
The facility includes a dredged, deepwater harbour, a state of the art fabrication hall with 24 hour all-weather access, a ready to use on-site project office, workers amenities, warehouse and 40 hectares of laydown and construction land. It also has five wharves - a load out wharf and marine services wharf with notional capacities of 3,000 and 15,000 tonnes respectively and a newly developed marine maintenance wharf, floating dock, transfer system and distributed services to the laydown and construction areas. In addition there are established engineering and shipbuilding precincts nearby.
Footage courtesy of ASC. Submarine lift on floating dock and self propelled modular transporters.
Fabrication Hall moving along dedicated tracks to new location
The $200 million initial investment in the CUF was jointly funded by the Federal and WA Governments to assist local industry compete for services to the oil and gas, resources and marine/defence industries. A recent additional $170million investment by the WA Government has increased the flexibility of the CUF which now includes a floating dock, self propelled modular transporters and new transfer and layby wharves.
The CUF enhances the ability of local industry to compete for work in the oil and gas, resources, marine and defence industries. Local industry has a very broad range of sophisticated engineering, technology and project management skills and a broad base of skilled labour. The existing local industry capability at the AMC, and the safe and secure working and living environment makes the CUF an ideal site for fabrication, assembly and repair activities.
The CUF provides a safe, secure and productive site for fabrication, assembly, commissioning, maintenance and repair activities, as well as excellent load-in and load-out facilities. Parties wishing to use the CUF have very low set-up costs and very competitive lease rates. Subject to availability, they can select the facilities they require and determine the duration of their lease.
AMC Management (WA) Pty Ltd, a private company, is the facility manager for the CUF. They are responsible for the maintenance of the facility, coordination of parties using the CUF and business development activities. AMC Management (WA) Pty Ltd does not manage projects at the CUF.
AMC Management Pty Ltd is contracted to LandCorp, which is the government agency responsible for the overall Australian Marine Complex. It also works closely with the Department of Commerce in terms of new business opportunities and longer term strategies.
A $170 million infrastructure upgrade project was completed in 2010. Key elements of the upgrade include a 99 metre floating dock capable of lifting 12,000 tonne vessels and self propelled modular transporters (SPMTs) to allow the transfer of large marine vessels and heavy fabricated modules up to 3,500 tonnes from the transfer wharf to anywhere within the AMC.
The floating dock and transfer system further enhance the capabilities of the CUF providing event greater flexibility for all companies to undertake major maintenance, fabrication and assembly projects at this open access facility.
The CUF is, as its name suggests a "common user facility". It is not a facility dedicated to one user or even one industry.
The facility services a range of industries including the oil and gas, resources, marine and defence industries.
The facility is sufficiently large for a number of different projects to be managed concurrently at the facility.
The facility manager, AMC Management (WA) Pty Ltd, simply maintains the facility and coordinates access by other parties. It does not provide project management or a workforce.
Parties using the facility provide their own management and workforce and accept normal project accountabilities. The facility manager guarantees access to certain facilities for an agreed period but has no responsibility for individual project cost or schedule performance.
A for the AMC-CUF is provided on this website. The facility manager can vary these to attract appropriate projects to the facility, but it will not offer different rates to different parties competing for the same project.
The CUF has a Section 15 customs gazetting which allows customs clearance at the site. Offices have been established for use by customs officials to facilitate the receipt and bonding of project materials. The CUF Port Security Plan is fully approved by Department of Transport and Regional Services (DOTARS) and compliant with International Maritime Organisation (IMO) requirements.
Before approval is given to a party to use the facility, it must demonstrate its commitment to and capability of observing basic health, safety, environment, and employee management standards. More details are provided in the Using the CUF section.