Image: courtesy of Royal Australian Navy
Over the past 18 months, Halliday Engineering have upgraded the bulkheads to 12 Landing Craft Vessels for the Royal Australian Navy
Halliday Engineering was engaged by UGL / NSM to carry out upgrades to 12 Landing Craft Vessels or LLC’s operated by the Royal Australian Navy. The LLCs play a crucial role in delivering troops and equipment onshore in locations where there are no fixed port facilities available. The LLC’s were specifically manufactured by Navantia to service large Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) vessels.
The project involved assisting with the fabrication and installation of an additional bulkhead in each vessel. This bulkhead separates the propulsion compartment from the engine room and was required for future operating requirements.
The LHD Landing Craft Enhancement Program won a prestigious Essington Lewis Award for Minor Sustainment Activity – Under $20 million/year.
This was jointly awarded to UGL, Navantia, KBR and the Amphibious Combat and Sealift Systems Program Office.
Upgrade to 12 landing craft vessels
The installation of the bulkhead in each ship involved the relocation or manufacture of new parts, such as:
- Compartment access ladders
- Ventilation trunking
- Equipment foundations
- Bulwark modifications
- Cargo lashing points
Halliday Engineering initially upgraded four boats in a very short period of time. UGL / NSM were pleased with the quality, price and professionalism of our work and engaged us to work on the remaining eight vessels in the fleet.
”"This was a long-haul job with many challenges — the time pressure was huge — we worked around the clock. But as we completed work on each vessel, we refined our processes and streamlined our workflow. We got quicker with each vessel and we let the quality of our work do the talking."