New floating dry dock adds to Noakes capacity
A crucial stage in the further development of Defence & Commercial services at the Noakes Group was completed on 30 September with the successful delivery to Sydney of the division’s new floating dry dock.
The FDD was towed by the Noakes tug Warren from Yamba where it had undergone an extensive $4m refit that involved three years of expert marine engineering work.
Noakes Group Managing Director Sean Langman captained the Warren for the four-day, 350-mile passage from Northern NSW to Sydney.
The dry dock will represent a significant expansion of the Group’s service capabilities.
Built by Morts Dock Engineering at Woolwich in 1942, the FDD will be returning to its original assignment as a support facility for service vessels.
The Noakes Group has vessel maintenance contracts with both the ADF and NSW Police. Many of their larger craft will now be serviced in the floating dock.
Launched as AFD 1002, the FDD is 60 metres long, 20 metres wide and 7.7 metres high. It can lift vessels of up to 1,000 tons displacement, 8.5m draught and 14m beam.
The dock will commence operations at the Noakes boatyard at Berry’s Bay following approval from North Sydney Council.