Doing business at sea.
In August 2000 Kordia was contracted by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to design, build, operate and fully maintain special high frequency (HF) radio communications sites.
The equipment and facilities at the sites form a critical platform that carries the safety-of-life service, and provides emergency communication for vessels in distress or seeking medical advice within Australia’s Search and Rescue (SAR) region – one of the largest ocean areas in the world, covering approximately 52.8 million sq km.
The sites selected were Charleville in Queensland and Wiluna in Western Australia, far away from cities and towns to operate in the quietest possible location to be able to “hear” the long distance HF communications from ships at sea. Each site’s power was supported by multiple diesel generators, with one site combining both solar and diesel power; providing exceptional reliability, operational flexibility and cost effectiveness.
In 2002, after 99 years, Coast Radio stations including Melbourne, Sydney and Perth transmitted for the last time; Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) services were moved to the two new Kordia sites. Both sites continue to be remotely controlled, and the communications managed from a network operations centre located in Canberra where Kordia employees work 24/7, 365 days a year.