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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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Jun

26

2017
ex-HMAS Sydney home to buried treasure

ex-HMAS Sydney home to buried treasure

Here’s a modern-day tale of buried treasure sure to warm the cockles of yer heart! As Birdon’s disposals team set about breaking down and recycling the ex-HMAS Sydney they were contacted by a retired shipyard worker, Paul Nickelson, from the other side of the world. He said he had heard the news of her retirement via Facebook and was “saddened to see that those days…

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May

27

2017
Birdon wins contract for ship-keeping of ex-HMAS Tobruk

Birdon wins contract for ship-keeping of ex-HMAS Tobruk

Birdon has been awarded the contract for ship-keeping ex-HMAS Tobruk prior to it being scuttled. The vessel is slated to be sunk off the coast of Hervey Bay as a dive attraction in coming months. Check out these videos to see what will make the ex-HMAS Tobruk a world-class dive site.


May

16

2017
Birdon to Upgrade Coffs Slipway

Birdon to Upgrade Coffs Slipway

Birdon has won the state government tender to upgrade and operate the Coffs Harbour slipway. This follows an extensive overhaul and decontamination of the site which was closed for almost two years. Birdon Marine general manager Peter Besseling said Birdon planned to install and operate a travellift which will be operational in about 18 months.. “It’s mainly because the environmental issues concerning slipways,” Mr Besseling…

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May

15

2017
Birdon US President Briefs Australian Minister for Defence Industry

Birdon US President Briefs Australian Minister for Defence Industry

Birdon US President Jim Ducker briefed Australian Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne at the SeaAirSpace expo in the United States last month. Birdon is one of only two Australian suppliers to contract directly to the US defence forces and is currently constructing specialised bridge erection boats for the army. “It was a great opportunity to update the minister on the good work we are…

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May

05

2014
Birdon wins multi-million dollar project to supply US Army

Birdon wins multi-million dollar project to supply US Army

Birdon has won a contract with the US Army to supply up to 374 Bridge Erection Boats (BEBs) in a contract worth up to US$259 million. This contract is a win for Australian innovation, and a testament to the expertise and ingenuity that exists in our defence industry and manufacturing sector generally. BEBs primarily provide propulsion and manoeuvring thrust to support temporary floating bridges, and…

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