News


Nov

20

2017
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Birdon extends Port Macquarie facility

Birdon is in the process of extending its facility at Port Macquarie with the construction of a new hardstand area. The hardstand creates an extra work area for vessels and will enhance environmental management on site by further mitigating the risk of sediment run-off into the Hastings River. Birdon GM Peter Besseling said the extension was further evidence of Birdon’s commitment to working sustainably within…

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Nov

19

2017
$25k raised at Port Cup for Jim Bruce Trust

$25k raised at Port Cup for Jim Bruce Trust

The Jim Bruce Trust’s 2017 marquee at the Port Cup has raised a massive $25,000 to help fund the fight against prostate cancer in the Hastings. Birdon is a proud supporter of the trust which was established in the wake of the death of Birdon founder, Jim Bruce. Trust spokesperson Jamie Bruce said the money would be used to continue to fund nurse scholarships as…

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Nov

07

2017
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Birdon’s newest apprentice

Former Wauchope High School  student – Kitiara Porter – is Birdon’s newest Engineering Fabrication apprentice. The 17-year-old has just signed up to a four year trade qualification which involves on the job experience at Birdon’s shipyard combined with study. Kitiara joins four other young people to make up Birdon’s current contingent of five apprentices. In the past 14 years Birdon has hosted more than 73…

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Oct

22

2017
Birdon engineering apprentices take out World Skills medals

Birdon engineering apprentices take out World Skills medals

Birdon engineering apprentices Adam Dixon and Kyle Cooper showed their welding prowess at the Northern Regional heats of the World Skills competition last week – taking out silver and bronze awards respectively. Adam is currently studying a Certificate IV in Engineering and Kyle is studying Certificate III in Engineering fabrication. Thanks to Birdon personnel who provide ongoing mentoring and leadership as well as Kempsey TAFE teacher Richard Griffiths…

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Oct

03

2017
Australian Army BEPBs return to the water

Australian Army BEPBs return to the water

The Australian Army Bridge Erection Propulsion Boats – first built by Birdon in 2005 – are now ready for another decade of service following their mid-life upgrade. The maintenance program – known as a Life of Type upgrade – involved updates to the hull, electrical and the incorporation of a new propulsion system developed by Namjet, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Birdon America. Pictured is Sapper…

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Sep

15

2017
Birdon wins bid to scuttle ex-HMAS Tobruk

Birdon wins bid to scuttle ex-HMAS Tobruk

Birdon has won the bid to play a part in Queensland history – securing the contract to scuttle the ex-HMAS Tobruk off the coast of Bundaberg. The contract will see the Tobruk sunk to create a world-class dive site and tourism attraction for the region. Birdon has been actively involved in the project since the vessel was first decommissioned more than 18 months ago. Birdon’s…

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Sep

11

2017
US Army official tests Birdon BEBs

US Army official tests Birdon BEBs

The US army’s highest-ranking acquisitions official couldn’t wipe the smile from her face while test-driving one of Birdon’s Bridge Erection Boats recently. Principal Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logisitics, and Technology Ms Steffanie Easter, was invited for a personal demonstration of the BEB system while she was visiting in Warren, Michigan. Ms Easter advises the Assistant Secretary of the Army…

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Aug

22

2017
US Congressman Mike Coffman visits Birdon

US Congressman Mike Coffman visits Birdon

US Congressman Mike Coffman paid a visit to Birdon’s US facility to check out the latest and greatest in “turbine technology”. The Namjet water jet propulsion system was an integral part of Birdon’s winning tender to supply the US Army with its new fleet of bridge erection boats.


Jul

30

2017
Birdon named Business of the Year at Business Awards

Birdon named Business of the Year at Business Awards

BIRDON has been named the 2017 Holiday Coast Credit Union Port Macquarie Business of the Year. More than 190 businesses entered this year’s awards and more than 7000 votes were received from the public honouring the best of the best. In its 11th year, the awards celebrate our business champions across 30 categories. General manager of Birdon Pty Ltd Peter Besseling said the company was thrilled with…

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Jun

29

2017
Birdon secures $4.68M contract for new vessels for Norfolk Island

Birdon secures $4.68M contract for new vessels 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. Minister for local government and territories Fiona Nash announced the contract along with a $16.4 million investment package for the island’s Cascade Pier. Minister Nash said the vessels would make loading and unloading passengers and freight much easier and simpler. “These vessels will improve safety while loading and…

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