Keels Laid for Oman’s New Naval Ships

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

December 16, 2014

  • From left to right: Commander Mudhafar Al Riyami, 2IC, Staff Officer 1, Marine Engineer; Captain Abdulhameed Al Sinani, Most Senior, Head of Team; Bernard Gorman, Supervisor - Austal; John Cooper, Program Manager (Acting); Kutub Chowdhury, Principal Surveyor – DNV GL; and Lieutenant Commander Mubarak Al Kasbi, Staff Officer, Marine Engineer. (Photo: Austal)
  • Bernard Gorman, Supervisor - Austal, applying the classification society stamp (Photo: Austal)
  • From left to right: Commander Mudhafar Al Riyami, 2IC, Staff Officer 1, Marine Engineer; Captain Abdulhameed Al Sinani, Most Senior, Head of Team; Bernard Gorman, Supervisor - Austal; John Cooper, Program Manager (Acting); Kutub Chowdhury, Principal Surveyor – DNV GL; and Lieutenant Commander Mubarak Al Kasbi, Staff Officer, Marine Engineer. (Photo: Austal) From left to right: Commander Mudhafar Al Riyami, 2IC, Staff Officer 1, Marine Engineer; Captain Abdulhameed Al Sinani, Most Senior, Head of Team; Bernard Gorman, Supervisor - Austal; John Cooper, Program Manager (Acting); Kutub Chowdhury, Principal Surveyor – DNV GL; and Lieutenant Commander Mubarak Al Kasbi, Staff Officer, Marine Engineer. (Photo: Austal)
  • Bernard Gorman, Supervisor - Austal, applying the classification society stamp (Photo: Austal) Bernard Gorman, Supervisor - Austal, applying the classification society stamp (Photo: Austal)
Austal Australia has completed the keel laying for two 72-meter High Speed Support Vessels (HSSVs) for the Royal Navy of Oman. The occasion was formally recognized at an event held today at Austal’s Australian Shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia.
 
Keel-laying traditionally marks the first significant milestone in a ship’s construction. In old Maritime tradition, historically keel-laying was the “laying down” of the main timber making up the backbone of a vessel. Austal’s advanced modular shipbuilding techniques means fabrication of ship modules begin well before they are actually joined.
 
Today’s achievement is based on 3% of total net structural weight being assembled. This is  acknowledged by the classification society stamping a section of the assembled structure. The achievement was witnessed by the resident onsite Royal Navy of Oman Representatives (RNOR) Captain Abdulhameed Al Sinani, Commander Mudhafar Al Riyami and Lieutenant Commander Mubarak Al Kasbi.
 
Captain Abdulhameed Al Sinani said, “this is a very important occasion of the keel laying milestone of Project Bahr Oman.”
 
Austal was awarded a $124.9 million contract for the design, construction and integrated logistics support of two HSSVs in March 2014. The vessels are being designed and constructed at Austal’s Australian Shipyard. Construction commenced as planned with both vessels expected to be delivered in late 2016.
 
In addition to the HSSVs, Austal Australia is also prime contractor for eight Cape Class Patrol Boats being constructed for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service; four of which have now been delivered as part of a $330 million contract.
 
In Mobile, Alabama, Austal USA is a prime contractor for the design and construction of ten Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) and ten Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV)  for the United States Navy.
Maritime Reporter Magazine Cover Apr 2019 - Navies of the World

Maritime Reporter and Engineering News’ first edition was published in New York City in 1883 and became our flagship publication in 1939. It is the world’s largest audited circulation magazine serving the global maritime industry, delivering more insightful editorial and news to more industry decision makers than any other source.

Subscribe
Maritime Reporter E-News subscription

Maritime Reporter E-News is the subsea industry's largest circulation and most authoritative ENews Service, delivered to your Email three times per week

Subscribe for Maritime Reporter E-News