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Australian Maritime Alliance partners with IMC Naval Architects for LAND 8710

Published: 22 Aug 2022

Image courtesy of Centurion:  IMC designed steel hulled landing craft, 'Bhagwan Mover', operating in Northern Australian waters. 

View AMA's 'Oboe' LMV-M design here.


The Australian Maritime Alliance (AMA) has teamed with IMC Naval Architects (IMC) to deliver a state-of-the-art solution for the Australian Army’s LAND 8710 Phase 1A program.

The AMA, a joint venture between Serco and Civmec, is offering an evolved Littoral Manoeuvre Vessel – Medium (LMV-M) design, ‘Oboe’, with IMC’s complementary capabilities, shared values and renowned expertise set to bolster an already impressive line-up of Australian Industry partners.

The addition of IMC as an Australian naval architecture and marine engineering consultant brings a wide portfolio of local skills, experience and expertise reinforcing AMA’s sovereign proposal.

Serco Defence Managing Director, Clint Thomas AM, CSC, said the AMA is maximising Australian industry skills for the complex project for Army, ensuring shipbuilding expertise remains in-country long-term.

“Partnering with IMC demonstrates the importance of maximising Australian Industry Capability while drawing upon Serco’s global shipbuilding expertise to ensure AMA delivers the best possible solutions and advancements for the Australian Defence Force.”

“Essentially, we are bringing together a national team to deploy the skills and strengths of Australian Industry, reflecting a rigorously developed strategy to deliver sustained SME growth and professionalisation,” Mr Thomas said.

Representing a step-change in amphibious operations capability for the Army, the Oboe features a proven through-deck design, allowing for more flexible load/offload options and rapid ramp-to-ramp marriages with amphibious and sealift ships.

The design offers superior seakeeping and load carrying capabilities, with Oboe’s three deck design allowing the crew accommodation and engineering spaces to benefit from large dedicated full-width compartments, and brings over 200m2 of useable vehicle deck to facilitate mixed load configurations.

IMC Naval Architect’s Managing Director, Justin McPherson, said IMC and AMA share a view on the importance of showcasing and strengthening existing Western Australia’s industry capabilities.

“As an independent Australian design house based in Fremantle, we are proud to partner with AMA and leverage our 25 years practical ship design experience, including a range of commercial landing craft designs for operations in Australia’s northern waters. We look forward to supporting the delivery of LAND 8710 Phase 1A as part of our commitment to the Continuous Naval Shipbuilding Program.”

“IMC and AMA share a view on the importance of strengthening Western Australia’s industry capabilities and there is significant value in partnering with global industry leaders to support the Commonwealth in growing Australia’s ship design and shipbuilding sector,” Mr McPherson said.

Mr Thomas added, “We are thrilled to have IMC support our efforts as we pursue a shared vision to build a trusted and sustained Australian shipbuilding sector.”





About Australian Maritime Alliance (AMA)

Combining innovation and excellence, Serco Australia and Civmec have come together to pursue their shared vision to deliver the next-generation in assured amphibious capabilities for the Australian Defence Force under a new Joint Venture company, the Australian Maritime Alliance. Serco and Civmec are leading an Australia-wide team in solution development and industrial mobilisation in pursuit of the LAND 8710 Phase 1A program.

About Serco

Serco Asia Pacific (ASPAC) has been operating for more than 30 years across Australia with a proven track record delivering the most demanding, complex and sensitive solutions for government clients. Employing around 16,000 people in the ASPAC region, we apply world’s best practice, insights and technology across key sectors: Justice; Health; Facilities Management; Citizen Services; Immigration; Defence and Transport.

About Civmec

Civmec is an integrated, multi-disciplinary construction and engineering services provider to the Energy, Resources, Infrastructure and Marine & Defence sectors. Headquartered in Henderson, Western Australia, Civmec has regional offices in Newcastle (New South Wales, Australia), Gladstone (Queensland, Australia), and Port Hedland (Western Australia). The company is listed on the SGX (SGX:P9D) and the ASX (ASX:CVL). Its core capabilities include heavy engineering, shipbuilding, modularisation, SMP (structural, mechanical, piping), EIC (electrical, instrumentation and control), precast concrete, site civil works, industrial insulation, maintenance, surface treatment, refractory and access solutions.

About IMC

IMC Naval Architects (IMC) is an independent Australian naval architecture consultancy based in Fremantle, Western Australia providing comprehensive naval architecture and marine engineering services to the global marine industry. With over 25 years’ experience servicing the Offshore, Logistics, Fishing, Minerals, Marine Infrastructure and Defence sectors with ship design, vessel modification & conversion, naval architecture, offshore engineering and vessel acquisition management, IMC’s experience is reflected in its bespoke design solutions. IMC has successfully supported clients and projects across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the United States of America and has built extensive experience working with a range of international classification societies and national statutory authorities. IMC Naval Architects is a member of the Defence Support Services (DSS) panel, ABF Marine Engineering Technical Support Network (METSN), is DISP accredited and maintains a QMS to ISO 9001:2000.

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