Australia plans to add $3bn dry dock to WA’s Henderson Shipyards

A ship berthed at Haynes Dock, Port Botany, Australia (Max421/Dreamstime)
The Australian government has allocated US$3.1bn for the country’s first large-vessel dry dock, which will be located at the Henderson shipyard in Western Australia.

The state-owned company Australian Naval Infrastructure will design and build the dock. When complete in 2028 it will employ 2,000 people and enable the construction and maintenance of large naval vessels, as well as supporting the commercial shipbuilding market.

Scott Morrison, Australia’s prime minister, said: “This multi-billion dollar infrastructure investment will transform the Henderson maritime precinct into a world-class shipbuilding powerhouse, and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to naval capability in the West. 

“This investment in WA’s future will ensure we can build, as well as sustain larger vessels in Australia, turbocharging our national naval shipbuilding endeavour and creating thousands of job opportunities for West Australians.“

Work on the project is due to begin next year.

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