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In early 2016, Singapore Exchange (SGX) listed Civmec acquired the Forgacs name, shipyard facilities and assets located in Newcastle, New South Wales.

Prior to this, Forgacs has a rich history with an exceptional reputation, providing shipbuilding services to some of the world’s leading OEMs, mining companies and the Royal Australian Navy.

In 1962, the Forgacs Group acquired Ullman Engineering. Parallel to this Carrington Slipways (originally formed in 1957) who built 45 ships between 1957 and 1968 purchased the shipyard facilities at Newcastle.

In 1987, the Forgacs Group acquired the Newcastle Floating Dock.

The Newcastle shipyard was then purchased by Australian Sublimate Corporation in the early 1990’s and further sold to Forgacs in 1997, where several first fleet-class ferries were built at the yard and HMAS Rushcutter and HMAS  Shoalwater were built at Ramsay Fibreglass, a subsidiary company.

Now trading as Forgacs Marine and Defence, the company combines the credibility and history of Forgacs’ Newcastle shipbuilding facilities with the heavy engineering expertise and broad range of services offered by Civmec.