The Common User Facility consists of three key areas:


The fully serviced wharf is 213 metres long and 25 metres wide. It can support heavy load equipment and is capable of servicing an AWD vessel through:

  • final outfitting 
  • test and activation 
  • harbour trials 
  • sea trials 
  • maintenance and repair activities. 


The world-class Syncrolift® raises and lowers large naval and commercial vessels out of and into the water for dry-docking ashore. The shiplift is the largest in the southern hemisphere, at 156 metres long and 34 metres wide, and with a maximum net lifting capacity of 13,500 tonnes.

Runway and dry berth

The runway connects the shiplift with the 250-metre dry berth, which can support multiple vessels and projects concurrently. The runway and dry berth are supported by a rail-based transfer system that moves vessels around the site, including to and from the shiplift. The entire area is fully serviced by underground utilities consisting of high-voltage electricity, cutting and welding gases, potable water, seawater (for both ships cooling and ships fire main), fire main water, communications and compressed air.

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