Hunter prize for Adelaide refrigeration business

Australian business Cold Logic has been awarded a multi-million-dollar contract to construct and install cold and cool rooms for the first batch of three Hunter class frigates.

The Adelaide-based refrigeration specialist will partner with UK company Ernest West & Beynon (EWB), leveraging EWB’s experience in supplying into the Type 26 program, the reference design for the Hunter class frigates. The vessels are being built at Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia.

The contract covers the construction of a refrigerated storeroom, including a cold room, cool room, refrigerated airlock and dairy room, and refrigeration machinery.

“Cold Logic’s commitment to the Australian defence sector and sovereign capability has been evident since the establishment of our dedicated defence division in 2017,” says Cold Logic founder and director Jeff Cannan, M.AIRAH.

“With the award of the Hunter Class Frigate Program to BAE Systems Australia, we sought out EWB to establish a partnership that would bring the existing and reliable provision refrigeration system onboard the UK Type 26 frigate to Australia without re-inventing the wheel, and saving significant expenditure on the package.”

Defence and security company BAE Systems Australia is working closely with the federal government to maximise Australian content on the Hunter Class Frigate Program.

“Through Cold Logic’s demonstrated expertise in providing a superior service, and Ernest West & Beynon’s proven capability on the Type 26 program, we are getting a world-class product for a world-class ship,” says BAE Systems Australia Managing Director of Maritime, Craig Lockhart.

“The Hunter program is more than just building one class of ship – it is about creating and growing an enduring industry here in Australia, which will allow us to build and sustain our own warships for generations to come.”

Cannan says much of his firm’s success has risen on the back of trusted partnerships.

“Through early involvement in the project and partnership, Cold Logic and BAE Systems Australia are able to leverage the skills and expertise that already exist in Australia,” he says, “and are able to make use of our sovereign supply chain.”

Image: BAE Systems Australia Managing Director of Maritime, Craig Lockhart (left), with Cold Logic founder and director Jeff Cannan (right).

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