AMT today

The ownership and name of the company has changed several times over the last 30 years including a recent period under German ownership where the company was known as thyssenkrupp Marine Systems Australia (tkMSA).

With effect from 1 September 2017, the ownership of tkMSA has been transferred to the management and staff as part of a buyout led by Mr Rob Dunbar (Managing Director) and Mr Don Cruickshank (Engineering Manager) – both of whom have been with the company since the very early ANZAC days.

AMT’s experienced staff look forward to providing our clients with the highest quality professional support on their naval and related projects as an independent and wholly Australian owned business.

Where it all began

AMT was created [initially as Blohm+Voss Australia] in 1987 to provide in-country technical and project management assistance to Blohm + Voss AG (B+V) in its endeavour to be awarded the Contract for the design for the New Surface Combatant Project in Australia. This project became known as the ANZAC Ship Project.

With this support, tendering in conjunction with Tenix [then known as AMECON] was successful and the ANZAC Ship Head Contract and Design Sub-Contract were signed in November 1989.

Transitioning from its significant technical contribution to the bid phase, AMT was to play a key role in all aspects of the program, from the authoring of the ANZAC Ship Specification, through the provision of the Principle and Detail Design to support in the Production Design Package for the construction of the ANZAC Frigates in Williamstown.

For the ANZAC Project, the majority of design activity was conducted at Blohm+Voss in Hamburg, with AMT seconding 12 of its staff to Blohm+Voss for a period of 31⁄2 years.

These staff had key roles as members of the various Blohm+Voss Technical Departments performing design, ensuring specific Australian/New Zealand requirements were understood and incorporated in the design and gaining exposure to the B+V design and design practices with the objective of subsequently taking responsibility for the design during construction.

Upon the return of its staff to Australia in mid-1993, AMT established a fully functioning multi-discipline Ship Design Office in Melbourne adjacent to the ship construction site.

Early activity here involved AMT preparing a significant extent of the Detail Design Package for the ANZAC Ships.

The objective of this activity was to develop an indigenous naval ship design capability for ANZAC Ships for the purposes of efficiently supporting the construction activity, of exercising its role of Design Authority of the ships and of establishing a comprehensive through life design support capability.

The AMT design role in its Melbourne office during the initial ANZAC construction period included full Configuration Management of the design of ANZAC Ships 01 and 02 on behalf of B+V. This led to AMT undertaking and controlling all design activity for hundreds of configuration changes, utilising the support of B+V where deemed necessary.