Maritime News

VDA Member AMOG forms Joint Venture Company to Pursue $100M Navy Contract

Australian marine technology firm AMOG Ventures Pty Limited (AMOG) and French naval technology specialist ECA Robotics (ECA) have formed a Melbourne-based Joint Venture company to pursue a Royal Australian Navy contract worth up to $100 million.

The birth of the new 50:50 joint venture company, Advanced Magnetic Ranges Australia Pty Limited (AMRA), was witnessed by Victorian Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade, The Hon Martin Pakula MP, and the French government’s Direction Générale del’Armement (DGA) representative here in Australia for the RAN’s submarine project, SEA1000, General Yannick Cailliez. The two companies, along with Victoria-based THYCON Industrial Pty Limited (THYCON), had previously signed a preliminary Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Euronaval 2018 show in Paris.

Minister Pakula said, “It is great to see Victorian-based company AMOG Ventures joining forces with French company ECA Robotics to establish this new joint-venture, which we are delighted will be based here in Victoria. 

ECA Robotics is part of the Toulon-based ECA Group which is renowned for its expertise in robotics, automated systems, simulation and industrial processes. Founded in 1936, it has been developing complete innovative technological solutions to perform complex missions in hostile or restrictive environments.

AMOG Ventures Pty Ltd, located in Melbourne, is part of the AMOG Group of Companies and a wholly owned subsidiary of AMOG Holdings Pty Ltd. Australian owned, AMOG is an engineering consulting firm that has been operating since 1991 and has offices in the UK, USA, Latin America, and around Australia. AMOG is renowned for solving complex and challenging engineering problems across the energy and resources, transport, Defence, and maritime construction industries.

AMRA will bid for the RAN’s forthcoming Project SEA 1350, to develop a new Magnetic Treatment facility for the Navy. This will see Australia’s existing and new submarines and surface ships undergo a vital pre-deployment process called deperming, which reduces or eliminates the magnetism of a steel hull and so aids its stealth, preventing it triggering magnetic mines or attracting certain types of torpedo.

Mr Ben Clark of AMOG Ventures and Mr Philippe Novelli of ECA Robotics signed the agreement at the Coburg North premises of THYCON.