ABF – Southern Ocean Maritime Patrol and Response Capability

Australian Border Force – Southern Ocean Maritime Patrol and Response Capability

Southern Ocean Patrol Capability – In mid-2009 a process was begun to select a suitable vessel to provide the service through to 2014 (with a two year extension option), covering all of Australia’s maritime areas of interest from the Antarctic waters to the tropics. (approx. $180M project)

The Project included:

  • Finalise capability requirements
  • Release and evaluate the Tender
  • Negotiate the Tender
  • Sign Contract
  • Manage $20m modification program
  • Design Reviews
  • Assist with regulatory management (AMSA)
  • Transition into service

This project received an AIPM award in 2011

Southern Ocean Maritime Patrol

Our Role

Services to meet Customs and Border Protection requirements. The Project team managed the procurement from capability requirements finalisation through the entire project lifecycle to test and trials of modifications and then transition to in-service operations managed by a separate area within Customs.

The project team managed requirements that added to the base ship through the addition of an extensive medical facility, a preparation and suiting area for Marine Enforcement Officers, accommodation for irregular maritime arrivals / illegal foreign fishing crew, and the installation of launch, recovery and storage facilities for Customs Response Tenders.

Outcomes & Value Delivered

CAPDA people provided significant outcomes to Customs, in providing a very credible capability for southern ocean and operations to the North of Australia, by tailoring procurement processes to meet requirements while considering areas of high risk (technical, financial, operational and commercial) or of customs interest, all within the 2009 to 2010 budget.

The base ship that was named Australian Customs Vessel (ACV) Ocean Protector, at a glance:

  • The vessel was a relatively new vessel (built 2007)
  • It had a significant ice capability (rated ICE 1B)
  • Is very fuel efficient and meets the most stringent environmental requirements.
  • Has a 16,000 nm range
  • 106m long, 21 m wide, 6 decks high.


2009 until 2011