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STX Rauma Shipyard Starts Production

Start of production of the new Finnish Border Guard offshore patrol vessel at STX Rauma Shipyard.   STX Finland Oy’s Rauma Shipyard started the production of next generation offshore patrol vessel to be built for the Finnish Border Guard. The start of production at the Rauma Shipyard was carried out following traditions. Chief of the Finnish Border Guard, Lieutenant General Jaakko Kaukanen pressed the launch button. The event held in the steel construction hall was witnessed by the representatives of the Finnish Border Guard, the Finnish Environment Institute, STX Finland and the classification society Germanisher Lloyd, and members of the press.   In addition to border safety and frontier supervision missions, the offshore patrol vessel, scheduled for delivery in November 2013, can be used for search and rescue, military national defence purposes and various kinds of underwater assignments both independently and in collaboration with other authorities. The ship will also feature substantial oil recovery capacity with important meaning for maritime oil recovery capabilities of Finland and the Baltic Sea region. The Finnish Environment Institute has been closely involved in the design of the vessel.   The 96 meters long and 17 meters wide vessel is technically highly advanced, using the latest technologies and environmentally friendly innovations in accordance with the Government decision-in-principle on sustainable public procurement


Forum on Emerging Markets for OPV's

Defence IQ's upcoming Amsterdam Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) conference includes forums on emerging markets Running for the 7th time, the event once again provides a 3-day networking and learning platform for high-level members of global navies, coast guards and industry. The summit comes at a critical time of evaluation for the maritime community.  With a majority of naval defence budgets shrinking, the current challenge for naval professionals is to not only assess potential


Northrop Grumman to Supply Integrated Bridge System for SFPA

Northrop Grumman Corporation received orders to supply bridge navigation and communication electronics for a new offshore patrol vessel under construction for the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency (SFPA). The equipment, to be supplied by Northrop Grumman’s Sperry Marine business unit, will include a complete networked system that ties together all of the ship’s navigation sensors and steering controls into an integrated bridge system (IBS) running on electronic nautical charts


Finnish Border Guard Order New Boats

On December 21, 2011, STX Finland Oy and the Finnish Border Guard signed an agreement on construction of a next generation offshore patrol vessel. The vessel will be built at the STX Rauma ship­yard and delivered to the customer in November 2013. The highly advanced vessel will be 96 metres long and 17 metres wide and will be capable of serving a large variety of functions. Construc­tion of the vessel will bring over 400 man-years of labour to STX Rauma shipyard person­nel and its


Goa Shipyard Hands Over India Naval OSPV

INS Saryu: Photo credit Goa Shipyard

The first of the new 105 meter class of Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel to be commissioned  INS Saryu' handed over to the Indian Navy. The new vessel, indigenously designed in-house and built by Goa Shipyard Ltd. was handed over in a simple ceremony in Goa by RAdm (Retd) Vineet Bakhshi, Chairman & Managing Director, Goa Shipyard Limited to Cdr Amanpreet Singh, Commanding Officer Designate, INS SARYU. Cmde R. Sreenivas, Commodore Superintendent, NSRY (Port Blair), Shri R


Third Damen Stan Patrol for Mexican Navy

Photo: Damen

The Mexican Navy contracted Damen Shipyards Group for the design and material package of a Damen Stan Patrol 4207, including technical assistance. Construction of the vessel will start in the summer of 2013 at ASTIMAR 1 (Tampico), one of the five naval shipyards of Astilleros de la Secretaría de Marina. The vessels are designed to perform patrolduties in designated areas. Other clients who operate similar vessels in the region include navies and coast guards of Jamaica, Barbados


UK Hopes Navy Deal To Save Navy Jobs

The U.K. Ministry of Defense hopes a new contract with naval shipbuilder Vosper Thornycroft would save 450 workers from the company's planned 650 job cuts announced in December. Vosper Thornycroft is building three offshore patrol vessels at its Southampton, southern England, shipyard for the Royal Navy. The vessels will replace existing ships involved with protecting fishing regulations. "Construction of the vessels is expected to safeguard around 450 jobs at Vosper Thornycroft's


ILS-Software Package for German Coast Guard

Just two weeks after christening the first of three 216 ft. (66 m) Offshore Patrol Vessels, the German Coast Guard (Bundesgrenzschutz) ordered an extensive software and data package for Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) of the new " Bad Bramstedt"-class from Abeking & Rasmussen, designers and builders of the new vessels. The order consitsts of three on-board versions and one shore version of the new developed Virtual Ship Explorer (VSE)


Counter-Piracy Force Boosted by New High-speed Patrol Craft

Patrol Boat ESPS Relampago: Photo credit EUNAVFOR

Specialised Spanish counter-piracy patrol vessel joins EU Naval Force in Gulf of Aden. The EU’s counter piracy task force (EUNAVFOR) has been augmented by the addition of the offshore patrol vessel ESPS RELAMPAGO of the Spanish Navy. The addition of RELAMPAGO to the counter piracy mission heralds a new generations of smaller, highly adaptable vessels which will be able to use their high speed and modern equipment to monitor ever increasing portions of the high risk area.


Maritime Security Conference Underway in Abu Dhabi

Rear Admiral (R) Ahmed Al Sabab Al Teneiji, former chief of naval forces for the UAE Navy, welcomes delegates to OPV Middle East 2013 in Abu Dhabi.  The event had attendees from all of the Gulf Cooperation Council naval or maritime forces, as well as Pakistan, Egypt, the U.S. U.K. and other nations. (Edward Lundquist photo)

Offshore Patrol Vessels Middle East 2014 examining maritime security challenges in region, world As policy leaders wrapped up the Manama Dialog, an international security conference in Bahrain, maritime and naval leaders commenced their meetings in Abu Dhabi to discuss practical implementation of those policies and improving abilities of nations and partners to meet growing challenges to maritime security, safety and sovereignty.


Is China Building a Naval Base in Africa?

Image: The China Africa Project

 Recently, The Namibian reported the existence of a "confidential letter from Namibia's ambassador to China, Ringo Abed, to Namibia's foreign minister stating that 'a Chinese delegation will visit Namibia ... for discussions ... on the way forward regarding plans for the proposed naval


USCG Leaders Testify on Budget Requests

USCG Commandant, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard testify before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation   U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell testified Wednesday on the Coast


Fendercare to Equip New UK Navy OPVs

Fendercare Marine has signed a contract with BAE Systems Naval Ships for the provision of rudder blades, rudder stocks, sleeves/liners for rudder stock, anchors, chain and deck equipment for three new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) for the U.K. Royal Navy.   


Nigerian Navy Acquires Warship from China

 Nigerian Navy Ship OKPABANA. Picture by Nigerian Navy

 The Nigerian Navy (NN) fleet has received a boost with the arrival of the newly acquired warship, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Centenary F91, stealth Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV).  The first of two P-18N Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) ordered by Nigeria was delivered in November 2014 at the


Vikoma and Mobimar Supply Oil Spill Response Equipment for Finnish Border Guard

	Photo Courtesy of Vikoma International

OPV Turva, the Finnish Border Guard's new 314 foot (95.9 meter) offshore patrol vessel, will be outfitted for oil spill response just seven months after its launch.    UK-based Vikoma International Ltd and Mobimar Ltd of Finland will provide the vessel with oil spill response equipment


Two Damen Patrol Vessels Built in Cape Town

Photo: Damen

Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) has completed the build of two FCS 5009 Patrol vessels, the first of their type to be built in South Africa. Another of the same class is already in operation with the Cape Verdean Coast Guard.   


Shipbuilding: Sixth Cape Class Patrol Boat Launched

Cape Class Patrol Boat - Cape Leveque being launched (Photo courtesy of Austal)

Austal has launched the sixth in-series Cape Class Patrol Boat (CCPB) at the company’s Australian Defense Facility in Henderson, Western Australia. The launch of Cape Leveque marks the third year in a row a CCPB has been launched in the first week of January; preceded by Cape St George


Indian Shipyard Eyes Foreign Warship Orders

Garden Reach Ship Builders

Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE)  is trying to get a toehold in the international market, eyeing orders worth $425 million to supply warships to the navies of the Philippines and Vietnam.   A Kolkata-based shipyard will enter into the global warship market by bidding


Austal Delivers Fourth Cape Class Patrol Boat

Photo: Austal

Austal Limited has delivered Cape Sorell, the fourth of eight Cape Class Patrol Boats being supplied to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service under a $330 million design, build and in-service support contract.   Austal Chief Executive Officer Andrew Bellamy said it


Seaspan Shipyard's Prompt Response to Canadian Coast Guard

Brian Carter, President, Seaspan Shipyards

Seaspan Shipyard’s long-standing relationship with the Canadian Coast Guard was proudly showcased in recent days, with simultaneous repair and maintenance work on Coast Guard vessels at all three of the company’s shipyards – Vancouver Drydock


Security for the Long Run

Swiftships sandblasting of the 148 ft vessels for South Oil Company of Iraq.

Firms Building Sought-After Security Boats Have Multiyear Backlogs U.S. companies continue to land lucrative contracts with domestic and foreign customers for vessels that are designed or specially customized to meet defense, police and anti-piracy needs


BAE Systems to Build OPVs for UK Navy

BAE Systems OPV

BAE Systems has been awarded a £348 million contract by the U.K. Ministry of Defense to construct three new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) for the U.K. Royal Navy. The new 90-meter vessels will be built at BAE Systems’ facilities in Glasgow and will provide additional capability for


Scottish Jobs Boosted by £348-M OPV Shipbuilding Contract

River-class PBs: Photo MOD

The offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), which will be used by the Royal Navy to undertake various tasks in support of UK interests both at home and abroad, will be built at BAE Systems’ shipyards in Glasgow, informs the UK Ministry of Defence.


UK Consortium Scraps Portsmouth Dockyard Plan

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard: File photo

Portsmouth Shipbuilding Group was set up in the wake of the decision made by BAE Systems last year to relocate its shipbuilding division to the Clyde, in Scotland, a move that put hundreds of jobs at risk, reports ‘The [Portsmouth] News'.


Pumps Reach Sinking Shrimper Just in Time

Shrimp boat salvage: Photo USCG

A commercial fishing vessel from Brownsville is slowly making its way back to port, thanks to some quick actions by its crew and Coast Guard units, informs the US Coastguard, Sector Corpus Christi as follows: The Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi Command Center received a distress call from the






 
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