Electrotech Overview

Electrotech’s core business is the servicing and sale of high quality communications and navigation equipment for the civilian and naval maritime sectors.  Electrotech also supplies and supports land mobile satellite communication systems to a wide range of customers.

A wholly Australian owned enterprise, Electrotech was founded in 1985 and quickly established its current reputation as the industry service leader for marine electronics and satellite communications equipment in Australia.

In pursuit of our goal of providing excellence in support to the maritime industry, Electrotech has a comprehensive network of support facilities in Sydney (Headquarters), Melbourne, Perth, Dampier/Karratha, Darwin, Gladstone, Brisbane and Cairns. Electrotech provides rapid-reaction services throughout Australia on a 24/7 basis. Electrotech engineers are specialist trained, with extensive knowledge and experience in their fields.  Skills are continually updated to keep pace with new technology.

Electrotech has long standing and secure commercial arrangements with the world’s principal equipment suppliers to the maritime and land-based communication industries.  Electrotech can offer world-class equipment and guarantee back-up support from the OEM through Electrotech.

Electrotech is an accredited by Thrane & Thrane as: Thrane & Thrane Certified Partner, International Certified Service Centre and On Board Maritime Service Centre.  Electrotech holds Quality Assurance Accreditation by Det Norske Veritas to the AS/NZS ISO 9001 (2008) Certified Quality System.


Services & Systems


  • Preventative maintenance & defect rectification including emergency service nationwide. Extensive spares held.
  • Supply, installation, training and support
  • Annual VDR/SVDR Surveys – various makes / models
  • Project management
  • Systems integration
  • GMDSS shore-based maintenance
  • Class Society Radio Surveys
  • INMARSAT Airtime – competitive rates.



  • Integrated Bridge Systems (IBS)
  • Radars and ECDIS
  • Autopilots and Steering
  • Gyros, Echo Sounders & Speed Logs
  • Skanti, Sailor and Nera
  • VHF, HF & UHF Radios
  • GMDSS and SSAS
  • VSAT, Inmarsat Fleet Broadband, Sat C,  GAN, BGAN




  • Stabilized TV at Sea systems


  • TRANSAS MARINE Simulation, VTS and AIS Networks
  • FRANCIS Searchlights
  • ZENITEL Vingtor, Steenhans Stento PA & Broadcast
  • ZOLLNER Maritime horns and signalling
  • PEAK BEAM Maxa Beam hand held searchlight
  • HAGENUK 3000 Series military HF radios
  • OSI Service support for SVDR and ECPINS
  • FLIR Thermal imaging and low light cameras
  • COBHAM NAVAL broadcast distribution and TV-at-sea
  • AC MARINE antennas


Royal Australian Navy

Electrotech Australia has completed over 100 turnkey installations of communications and navigation equipment for Defence Capital Projects. Electrotech has earned an excellent reputation for cost-effective, on-time and quality installation, maintenance and support services to the RAN.

  • Armidale Class Patrol Boats – Provision and Service Support of navigation and communications (GMDSS) equipment
  • Sperry VisionMaster Radars – SUCCESS
  • GMDSS – Provision, Support and upgrades on  FCPB, SML, LCH, FFG, LPA, MSA, WESTRALIA, TOBRUK, SUCCESS, LEEUWIN, MELVILLE and CERBERUS (including ‘Train – the – Trainer’ General Operator Certificate courses).
  • BME Radars – Provision and Support for ACPB, LCH, TOBRUK, WESTRALIA, WATSON and CERBERUS.
  • MK 49 SINS & MK 39- Ring Laser Gyro Support for FFH & LPA.
  • C-Plath fibre-optic Gyro – Provision and Support for LCH and SML.
  • Seatel Satellite TV – Provision and Support – FFH, FFG, SUCCESS, TOBRUK, CHOULES and SIRIUS
  • GCCS-M – Installation on TOBRUK, SUCCESS and LPA
  • Main Broadcast & Alarm – LCH and SML
  • Autopilot, NDS, Next G and Mini-LAN  – Provision Supply on LCH
  • Sperry ES5100 Echo Sounder – retrofit LCH
  • steering, gyro and rudder angle indicator Systems – maintenance, refurbishment and support for HMAS MANOORA, KANIMBLA and TOBRUK.

Government Agencies

Electrotech has undertaken extensive projects with Antarctic Division, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT), Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS).

Electrotech has supplied and installed Sperry VisionMaster Radars, FLIR M3 Night Vision Cameras, Saab R4 AIS and other systems on all 28 Sydney Ferries Vessels.

Electrotech provides and supports navigation and GMDSS equipment on the 8 Bay Class patrol vessels, including communications upgrade with installation of Thrane & Thrane Fleet 77, internal communications and video-conference equipment, Saab R4S Secure AIS Systems and CCTV Systems.

Electrotech was recently awarded a contract by Austal Ships to supply and install Navigation and GMDSS communications on the 8 Cape Class Patrol Vessels for Australian Customs.

Shipbuilding Industry

Electrotech is the leading supplier in Australia of communications and navigation equipment to shipbuilding companies such as Austal Ships / Image (most recently 8 Cape Class Patrol Vessels for ACBPS), Incat, BAE and Thales.

Commercial Shipping

Major contracts have included the supply and installation of complete “turn-key” GMDSS packages to Australia’s major shipping companies.  Electrotech Australia claims ASP Ship Management, Shell Tankers, P&O Maritime Services, Teekay Shipping, Svitzer, BP, Mobil, Shell, Tidewater, TT Line, Woodside, Perkins Shipping, and offshore FPSO’s as principal GMDSS customers.

Electrotech has completed full GMDSS conversions on over 100 ships.  Electrotech Australia is an approved provider of GMDSS Shore Based Maintenance services, with over 90 ships currently under contract.

Electrotech has installed Saab R4 AIS systems on more than 60 Svitzer Tugs Australia wide.

Electrotech has also supplied and installed integrated navigation and communications systems (plus Sat TV installation and subscription management) on many LNG carriers for Shell and BP.

Electrotech Australia is approved by all of the major Class Societies, including Lloyds, ABS, DNV/GL, BV and NKK, for the provision of safety Radio, VDR and AIS Surveys.

Fishing Industry

Electrotech is Australia’s major supplier of Inmarsat Mini-C vessel monitoring equipment on fishing vessels involved in the Fisheries Management System.  Thrane & Thrane equipment supplied by Electrotech is approved by the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and Australian State Fisheries Authorities.

Land Mobile – Satellite Systems

Electrotech Australia is the leading Australian supplier of Inmarsat equipment for transportable and land-mobile applications.  Substantial sales of Thrane & Thrane satellite communications equipment have been made to organisations including emergency services, mining & exploration, defence and government agencies; where reliable communications are absolutely vital to their operations.

Electrotech has supplied Thrane & Thrane Inmarsat equipment to the Australian commercial market and the Department of Defence, DFAT and other government agencies.

Broadband satellite terminal activities have grown considerably since Inmarsat’s I4 Pacific satellite was launched in 2009. Electrotech supplies the BGAN portable terminals as well as the Explorer 727 that is specifically designed for vehicular activities.

Vessel Tracking Systems

  • Transas VTS Systems – Provision and Support – Newcastle Port, Fremantle and Port Hedland
  • Sperry Radar Systems – Provision and Support – Darwin Port, Port Kembla, Darwin Naval Base and Garden Island Naval Base WA.
  • Transas AIS Monitoring Systems – installed at Gladstone Port, Sydney Ferries Operations Centre and Transit Systems (Gladstone).
  • Saab R40 AIS Base Stations – supplied to Maritime Safety Queensland.

Simulation Systems

Electrotech has supplied and installed various Transas simulation systems including:

  • GMDSS Simulators – Australian Maritime College (AMC), Hunter Institute of Technology and Northern Beaches College (underway).
  • Bridge Simulators – Northern Beaches College – currently upgrading 3 bridges, main bridge being upgraded to DNV Class A
  • Liquid Cargo Handling, GMDSS & Smaller Bridge Simulators for various other customers

Export Activities

Electrotech Australia provides extensive service and logistical support in the South Pacific and increasingly in South East Asia covering both navigation and communications (including satellite) equipment for the maritime industry.

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