Capability Statement

Gun Marine Services Pty Ltd (GMS) is an Exmouth based company providing integrated marine logistics services, predominantly to the oil and gas industry. Established since 1978, we operate commercial utility vessels and specialise in the provision of comprehensive offshore and inshore marine services throughout the Northwest and Kimberly regions.

Being based in the Northwest, GMS has its offices, management, maintenance division and all offshore and marineresources at the heart of the oil and gas industry. This allows for rapid response to client needs, local knowledge and contacts allowing ready backup to our services. The fleet currently comprises five aluminum twin screw and one twin water jet propelled utility vessels (18 – 24m), OVID, Marine Assurance, AMSA and ABU audited.

All vessels are equipped with the latest safety, communications & navigational equipment and maintained to the highest level, as demanded by industry. GMS is a locally owned company, dedicated to supporting its local community through direct employment and utilising the town resources. The team consists of a motivated, experienced core group of local people. A high emphasis is placed on safety, training and certification, with senior
management, onshore and offshore personnel regularly updating and undertaking new courses relevant to theirfield. All aspects are overseen by the Director / Owner Mike Forde and Senior Management, who together have decades of experience within the Oil and Gas Industry. GMS is proud of our reputation for providing local knowledge,experience, and personalised service to our clients.

Over the past decade, the company has further developed a systematic and organized business structure that ensures safety and quality in service. We strive to provide the best and endeavor to continue to develop and improve our services, resources and skills. Areas of expertise:

GMS provides an integrated onshore and offshore logistics service. We have been involved in all of the major oil and gas developments that have taken place on the West Australian coast. These services range from pre-development oceanographic, hydrographic, and environmental surveys, to personnel and cargo transfer, to emergency response, dive and ROV support, to freight handling and delivery. Our projects have extended from Geraldton to Darwin and from intertidal environmental surveys to servicing tsunami warning equipment 1000km into the Indian Ocean. Our fleet includes offshore expedition vessels, work boats and high-speed transfer vessels

Oceanographic, Hydrographic & Geophysical Surveys

GMS vessels are equipped to carry out offshore oceanographic, hydrographic and geophysical surveys. We have installed moon-pools in two of our vessels (Calypso and Warrego) for this specific purpose. GMS has provided these services for Federal Government authorities (Bureau of Meteorology, Australian Institute of Marine Science), State government departments (Department of Transport), and the oil and gas Industry. Together with Australia’s foremost oceanographers and marine surveyors, GMS has provided services on a wide range of projects for Fugro, BHP Billiton, Woodside Energy, Shell Australia, MMA, Santos, DOF Subsea, Jacobs and INPEX.

Environmental Investigations

Environmental investigations have included support of intertidal, shallow and deep-water studies. We have provided most of the vessels used to conduct environmental investigations for the Gorgon Downstream Project, from the initial work required for the Environmental Impact Study, to the extended baseline, through two years of dredge impact monitoring, and the Post Dredging Studies. We have also supported the conduct of environmental studies for Santos, Chevron, Woodside, Jacobs and BHPBP over a number of their projects. Our long history of providing environmental support has ensured our personnel have a deep understanding of the environmental issues associated with the industry, including pollution prevention, waste handling, conservation, marine fauna observation, marine pests and quarantine.

Cargo, Personnel, Supplies and Equipment Transfer

GMS offers personnel and equipment transfer services to the offshore industry, including vessel-to-vessel and vessel-to-platform crew change, sea freight transfer, emergency evacuation, refueling, ‘hotshot’ transfer and chase boat duties. We have prepared the 18m twin water-jet powered Ocean Spirit as a high speed (25 knot) passenger transport vessel, with assignments on the Macedon and Gorgon Projects.

Dive Support

GMS’ range of diver project experience includes support of in-water vessel hull inspections, environmental studies, salvage operations, emergency repair and de-fouling works. We have had full dive spreads, including decompression chambers, installed on our vessels for periods ranging from a few days, to three years.

Exmouth Facilities and Onshore Logistics

GMS has developed extensive facilities in our Exmouth base. This includes a large yard with warehouse, workshop, offices, a fleet of utilities, 8T truck and forklift. Our Marine Operations Office looks after all logistics, including receivables, consignment of freight, quarantine assessment, lay down areas, re-provisioning, client pick-up and  7transport. Our dedicated HSE Advisor and Marine Operations Office work together to ensure that all operations conform to the highest of safety measures.