For the past few months a small group within the Future Research Vessel Project has been working day and night behind closed doors, undertaking a thorough process to first short list, and then decide on the successful tender for Investigator’s Management Contract.
Operating ships is a complex business that requires a wide cross section of professional maritime skills and expertise in the areas of technical services, crew management and commercial and operational management. Specialist ship management companies provide these skills and expertise to the ship owner, which negates the need for the owners to have an in-house organisation to do this.
Ship Management companies generally provide management services to a number of clients and as such provide a pool of experienced people with a large support infrastructure, which can be shared by all client owners and therefore it is much more cost effective than maintaining a large organisation for the management of a single ship, as would be the case for the Marine National Facility.
We are pleased to announce the contract has been awarded to Melbourne-based ASP Ship Management.
Representatives of CSIRO, the Marine National Facility and ASP Ship Management meet at the CSIRO Laboratories in Hobart to sign the ship management contract (l to r) Bob Bird – ASP Group Chief Operating Officer, David Borcoski – ASP Group Managing Director and CEO, Toni Moate – Executive Director Future Research Vessel Project, Stephen McCullum – Ship Manager, Marine National Facility, Mike Jackson – Project Officer, Future Research Vessel Project.
The contract is signed by Toni Moate and David Borcoski and witnessed by Bob Bird and Stephen McCullum (l to r) Bob Bird – ASP Group Chief Operating Officer, David Borcoski – ASP Group Managing Director and CEO, Toni Moate – Executive Director Future Research Vessel Project, Stephen McCullum – Ship Manager, Marine National Facility.