The Australian Defence Industry has released a request for information (RFI) for the Defence Marine Support Services (DMSS) programme.
The RFI invites local companies to share their views on how marine support services should be delivered in the future.
Slated to begin in 2021, the DMSS programme will initially deliver marine support to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) fleet in ports across the country, in addition to providing supporting exercises, operations and workforce training.
The programme has been designed to include services such as tugs for port movements, harbour refuelling, transport services between ships, stores and personnel transfer, and aviation training.
Initially valued at A$83m ($60.68m) annually, the cost of the programme is expected to increase over time as further services across the Australian Defence and potentially other government agencies would be considered for inclusion.
DMSS is expected to generate more than 287 job opportunities in major ports and defence establishments such as Sydney, Darwin, Cairns and Perth.
According to Australian Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne, the DMSS programme will enable the Australian defence industry to work together in order to develop creative contracting options to facilitate delivery at sea.
Pyne said: “This is about thinking outside the square to deliver a long-term and flexible solution for Defence and industry. Instead of just contracting one large prime to do all the work, perhaps the best option is engaging multiple smaller companies.
“It will also provide a sustainable on-going business model for industry and provide taxpayers value for money.”