WA-based offshore support specialist Bhagwan Marine has been awarded the prestigious Port of Melbourne Marine Maintenance Contract.
Bhagwan won the contract in a wide-ranging competitive tender, in which the selection criteria was founded on the appointee’s ability to “continually improve, innovate and drive value-based outcomes for the business.”
The contract scope covers the inspection, reporting and maintenance of the Port of Melbourne’s infrastructure assets – a huge inventory encompassing hundreds of beacons, directional lights and other aids to navigation, wharves, jetties and piers – from the lower reaches of the Yarra River to every corner of the vast expanse of Port Phillip Bay. Minor capital works are also delivered under the contract.
Bhagwan Marine managing director Loui Kannikoski said the company will provide vessels, including inshore construction vessels and workboats based permanently in the Port, with a skilled work force to undertake tasks inclusive of diving, inspection, maintenance and repairs.
He said personnel recruited locally in Melbourne will be supported by staff from Bhagwan’s other Australian operations, either as permanent full-time workers or to meet specific short- or long-term inspection, construction, diving or other service requirements.
Mr Kannikoski said Bhagwan Marine’s appointment is a major milestone in the business he and his family founded in 2000.
“This is a recognition of our increasing reach and expertise across every aspect of marine services,” Mr Kannikoski said.
“We’ve worked hard to diversify and expand our service offering in the last few years, and to secure a long-term contract demanding such a broad range of skills and experience makes it all worthwhile. We’re looking to develop a long-term partnership with the Port of Melbourne, and further cement our position as Australia’s most capable, committed and ‘can do’ marine services company,” he said.
“It’s an exciting time, but at the same time we’re well aware of the huge responsibility this contract places on us,” Mr Kannikoski said. “The economy of Australia in many ways depends on the smooth operation of the Port of Melbourne, and the Port now depends on us to keep it safe, functional and efficient. It’s a good thing we’re up for the challenge.”
Port of Melbourne CEO, Brendan Bourke, said that the port looked forward to a strong working partnership with Bhagwan Marine.
“Bhagwan Marine was chosen as the port’s preferred maintenance operator due to its reputation for operational excellence and quality customer service.
“We expect this to continue at the Port of Melbourne as we embark on what will hopefully be a long term partnership,” Mr Bourke said.