Frequently Asked Questions
Why does Thales Australia operate late at night and on weekends?
Thales Australia is a privately owned and operated business that competes with other businesses for all of the work it does. This means we must offer competitive pricing and competitive schedules. However, the schedule is generally prepared to meet our customers requirements. The schedule may be affected by the availability of ships between cargo loads or in the Navy's case, by operational requirements to meet commitments in such places as the Middle East and Afghanistan. In such cases Thales Australia personnel may have to work overtime or shift to ensure the scheduled dates are achieved.
Painting takes place during the day to enable the paint to dry quickly. Blasting generally takes place during the night to prepare the ship for painting the next day. Blasting using high pressure water (hydroblasting) or dry grit are the processes used throughout the world to remove paint. After removing the old paint, new paint must be applied as soon as possible to avoid the development of rust on the ship's steel structure. Rust can develop if the structure is unprotected for more than 12 hours. Therefore the process is to blast and then paint as soon as possible.
From time to time Thales Australia may schedule work out of hours for OH&S reasons. For example we may spray paint in the morning and early afternoon to avoid high winds and in winter we may paint later in the day to avoid the morning dew. At other times we may schedule work on propellers and propeller shafts at night and work on the main engines during the day (these tasks are often incompatible as turning an engine will also turn the shaft and propeller).
Where possible, Thales Australia schedules the low impact tasks (low noise etc.) out of normal working hours to ensure there is minimal disruption to our neighbours and ships crews living onboard.
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