Birdon secures $4.68 million contract to build boats for Norfolk Island

Birdon Pty Ltd has won a $4.68 million Federal Government contract to design and build four vessels to service Norfolk Island.

The vessels, three passenger and one cargo, will improve loading and unloading of passengers and freight.
Birdon’s general manager Australia Peter Besseling said construction would begin in January 2018 with the project due to be completed in April 2019.

“This contract is the result of a lot of hard work by a lot of people within Birdon.
“It also continues the very strong link between Port Macquarie and Norfolk Island. This is a good outcome.”

Minister for Local Government and Territories Fiona Nash announced today said the vessels would make loading and unloading passengers and freight much easier and simpler.

“These vessels will improve safety while loading and unloading and mean Cascade Pier will be able to used in more difficult weather,” Minister Nash said.

“The vessels can also be used at Kingston Pier if needed. Birdon is one of Australia’s best ship builders and has built a wide range of vessels for different industries.”

Birdon has a strong background in the maritime construction industry. Its experience includes military and marine construction operating throughout Australia, the USA and Europe.

The announcement is on top of the $16.4 million the Australian Government is already investing into the pier which includes the purchase of the new hydraulic crane.