Testing, inspection and certification (TIC) company Bureau Veritas has opened a new laboratory and testing facility in Regency Park, close to Port Adelaide, a hub for Australian naval shipbuilding in South Australia.
The laboratory will offer ISO 17025 NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities) accredited mechanical testing of state-of-the-art methods of shipbuilding, and will strengthen Bureau Veritas’s support of naval shipbuilding within South Australia.
In addition to the new laboratory, a naval liaison office has been built in Adelaide’s Defense and Space Innovation Precinct, enabling Bureau Veritas to provide further growth in an emerging sector of the Australian economy and to provide further support to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).
“Bureau Veritas’s commitment to supporting defense and naval shipbuilding within South Australia is sustaining and creating jobs in this key industry for our state,” commented Steven Marshall, Premier of South Australia. “It was a great privilege to open Bureau Veritas’s brand-new laboratory and testing facility, and I look forward to seeing the great work this company will be doing as the federal government’s naval shipbuilding program ramps up in the coming months and years.”
Rhys Lewis, director of strategic development at Bureau Veritas Pacific, said, “This latest investment into South Australia continues our long history of providing independent testing inspection and certification services to strategic and economically significant industries within the state. While this new facility is supporting sovereign shipbuilding capability, we have previously supported similar growth and capabilities with developments in mining and commodities testing businesses within South Australia.”
“Our marine and naval expertise, combined with the group’s global testing, inspection and certification (TIC) expertise, enable us to provide a unique mix of maritime and industrial capability. Supporting Australia’s naval ambitions requires that combination of marine technology capabilities with the broader TIC breadth and depth that we offer,” said Pierre de Chateau Thierry, director, marine and offshore at Bureau Veritas Australasia.
Bureau Veritas already supports the Royal Australian Navy by prescribing naval material policies alongside a new standardized naval material rule set for Australia to provide the necessary ecosystem for the design, build and commissioning of naval ships.