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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Offshore Patrol Vessels News

BAE Systems Supports Thai Navy Patrol Boat Build

Danela McFadyen, Head of Commercial, International with Captain Pichayane Tanprasert, Managing Director of Bangkok Dock (Photo: BAE Systems)

BAE Systems announced it has signed a contract with Bangkok Dock to assist in the licensed construction of a second 90-meter Offshore Patrol Vessel for the Royal Thai Navy. Under the agreement, BAE Systems will provide engineering support and advice during construction of the vessel in Thailand. Nigel Stewart, Commercial Director, BAE Systems’ Naval Ships business, said, “We’re looking forward to building and strengthening our relationship with Thailand’s shipbuilding industry.

VT Shipbuilding to Begin Offshore Patrol Vessel

VT Shipbuilding will start production of its latest export program on January 23 when the High Commissioner for Trinidad and Tobago starts the steel cutting process for the first of three Offshore Patrol Vessels at Portsmouth Naval Base. The 295-ft. ships will be used to help protect Trinidad and Tobago's oil and gas resources besides taking on constabulary roles such as environmental protection, fishery protection and anti-drugs operations. The first ship will be handed over in 2009.

Thai Offshore Patrol Boat Launched

 HTMS Krabi

A BAE Systems designed Offshore Patrol Vessel being built by the Royal Thai Navy has been launched at a ceremony at the Mahidol Adulyadej Naval Dockyard. The launch of HTMS Krabi on Friday (2 December) was conducted by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and comes just 15 months after the vessel’s keel laying ceremony in August 2010. Under a technology transfer agreement, signed in June 2009, BAE Systems supplied the design of its 90 metre Offshore Patrol Vessel, which its industrial partner Bangkok Dock has adapted to meet the specific requirements of the Royal Thai Navy.

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.

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 China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Company (CSOC)'s Wuchang Shipyard in Wuhan, China. This is coming barely a month after the Navy received another war ship, the NNS OKPABANA, which was acquired from the United States of America.

Forum on Emerging Markets for OPV's

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 opportunities within emerging markets, but to also understand how to work in alignment with regional ship builders in order to meet specific offset requirements. To address this concern, this year's OPV event features its most international speaker faculty to-date, representing 20+ countries, to discuss and examine emerging markets such as Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.

Australia Accelerates Naval Shipbuilding Efforts

Australia will speed up plans to build more naval vessels in domestic shipyards, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Monday, making an announcement that could find favour with voters just weeks ahead of a likely federal election. Naval shipbuilding is a key part of a plan unveiled in February to boost defence spending by nearly A$30 billion ($23.02 billion) over the next 10 years. To speed up the plan, the construction of 12 offshore patrol vessels, worth A$3 billion ($2.30 billion) would now start in 2018, Turnbull said, though the government has still to award the contract. "Putting our navy in the right situation to keep us safe and putting our naval ship building industry in the right place to build the ships we need for the future is a great national endeavour…

Ruston's RK270 Engines Power Offshore Patrol Vessels

The second of a three-part series of new Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Royal Brunei Navy, which was launched in June 2001 at BAE Systems shipyard on the Clyde at Glasgow is powered by four MAN B&W Diesel Ruston 20 cylinder RK270 engines. Producing a total of 30,200 kWb at 1,032 rpm, the engines provide each 2,000-tons displacement vessel with speeds of more than 30 knots. Mounted in pairs, port and starboard, the engines drive their respective propellers and shafting via a flexible coupling, shaft and gearbox. The main function of these OPVs will be littoral operations, protecting Brunei's offshore oil industry and safeguarding the nation's territorial integrity.

Finnish Border Guard Gets LNG-powered OPV

Rauma Shipyard

On Friday May 9, 2014, STX Finland Oy’s Rauma Shipyard handed over a next-generation offshore patrol vessel to the Finnish Border Guard. The vessel was christened Turva by her godmother, Minister of the Interior Päivi Räsänen, in the christening and float-out ceremony held on August 2, 2013. The technically advanced and highly versatile 96 meters long and 17 meters wide offshore patrol vessel will be used for frontier supervision, maritime search and rescue (SAR), environmental protection and monitoring of natural resources…

UK’s Second River Class OPV Named

HMS Medway at BAE Systems’ site at Scotstoun, Glasgow (Photo: BAE Systems)

The second of five new River Class Offshore Patrol Vessels for the U.K. Royal Navy was officially named during a ceremony at BAE Systems’ site at Scotstoun, Glasgow. Guests watched on October 20 as Lady Wendy Fallon, HMS Medway’s sponsor and wife of Defense Secretary Sir Michael Fallon named the 2,000-metric-ton, 90-meter-long vessel. In keeping with Royal Navy tradition Lady Fallon pressed the button that released a bottle of Dockyard Gin from the Copper Rivet Distillery in Chatham, Kent, against the ship’s hull.

VT Group to Build Offshore Patrol Vessels

Support services and shipbuilding company VT Group has been contracted to build and manage three (3) Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV), including associated training and long-term maintenance support, that are to be supplied to Trinidad. The program, which was part of a proposal from the Government of the United Kingdom and VT Group to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, is valued at more than $201m. Contracts were signed in Trinidad on Thursday April 5. Design work will start immediately on the 295 ft. ships, which will be used for a range of Economic Exclusion Zone (EEZ) management, special operations and maritime law enforcement tasks. They will be operated by the Trinidad and Tobago Coastguard and the first ship will be handed over in 2009.

Roadshow to help Australian companies participate in Naval Ship building Deals

Adelaide Future Frigate Industry Photo DoD Australian Govt

A national roadshow for the Future Frigates and Offshore Patrol Vessels has kicked off to help Australian companies get involved in the multibillion dollar projects. The Minister for Defence industry, The Hon Christopher Pyne MP today launched the roadshow in Adelaide before it heads to Perth, Brisbane, Darwin, Melbourne, Hobart and Sydney. The Minister said the roadshow is an important part of the Government's commitment to the local defence industry and growing the Australian supply chain for Australia's continuous naval shipbuilding effort.

Aker Yards Marine Supports AOPS Project

Aker Yards Marine Inc. (AYM) is a member of the team assembled by BMT Fleet Technology Limited that has been awarded the Definition, Engineering, Logistics and Management Support (DELMS) contract for the Canadian Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) project. The Canadian navy will acquire between six and eight ice-capable patrol ships to assert and enforce sovereignty in Canada's waters, including the Arctic. During the definition phase (2008 - 2009) AYM will utilize its experience and expertise in the design of patrol vessels and icebreakers to support the BMT team in the development of an illustrative definition design for the AOPS.

Sri Lanka Approves $180 mln Vessel Deal for Colombo Dockyard

Sri Lanka's cabinet has approved the awarding of a $180 million deal for three offshore patrol vessels for the country's coast guard to Colombo Dockyard , a government document said on Wednesday. Colombo Dockyard has agreed to arrange a loan for the deal, with 40 percent provided by the Japanese Funding Institution of JBIC, another 40 percent from Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, and the rest from a tied commercial term loan facility, the document said. Dockyard, located in Colombo port, is Sri Lanka’s largest engineering facility in the business of ship repair, shipbuilding, heavy engineering and offshore engineering. (Reporting by Shihar Aneez)

Servowatch Supplies Advanced IPMS to Thai Navy

Servowatch Systems Limited, UK-based marine automation systems engineering company, announced success in securing the contract to deliver an Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) for a planned series of Offshore Patrol Vessels to be delivered to the Royal Thai Navy by The Bangkok Dock Co. (1957) Ltd. The IPMS shall include ship alarm, monitoring, power management, propulsion control, battle damage control functions and navigation systems integration. The design is based upon the package delivered on the original design of this vessel from BAE Systems.

Wärtsilä Power for New Zealand Project Protector

The offshore patrol vessels to be built by Tenix Defence Pty Ltd for the New Zealand Navy will be equipped with Wärtsilä propulsion systems. Wärtsilä won contracts for propulsion systems for the seven-vessel Project Protector of the Royal New Zealand Navy. The main contractor for the project is the Australian defense supplier Tenix Defence Pty Ltd, on behalf of the New Zealand Ministry of Defense. The project is for the supply of seven vessels: a 429ft (131m) multi-role vessel (MRV), two 279ft (85m) offshore patrol vessels (OPV) and four 180ft (55m) inshore patrol vessels (IPV). The first will be delivered December 2006. The vessels are intended for military and civilian roles in New Zealand's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), in the South Pacific and the Southern Ocean.

Wynn to Supply Offshore Patrol Vessels

Wynn marine has won the contract to supply the window wiper systems for three offshore patrol vessels (FOPV) currently under construction at Vosper Thornycroft, UK. The contract is to supply 13 Type C Straight Line Wipers to each vessel, which will be operated by the Wynn Series 2000 Controller. The Type C offers the most advanced design of linear action window wiping systems available and is one of the most popular systems in the world for providing clear viewing areas for commercial, naval and fishing vessels. Construction of the first of the three River Class FOPV's commenced at Vosper Thornycroft's Woolston shipyard in May 2001 and the first vessel will enter service with the Royal Navy in November 2002.

Northrop Grumman to Supply Icelandic Coast Guard

Northrop Grumman Corporation won a contract to supply an integrated bridge system (IBS) for a new offshore patrol vessel (OPV) being built in Chile for delivery to the Icelandic Coast Guard. The contract was awarded to Northrop Grumman’s Sperry Marine business unit by ASMAR Shipyard in Talcahuano, which is building the 93-meter ship for the Icelandic Coast Guard. The IBS installation will be based on Sperry Marine’s next-generation VisionMaster FT navigation technology.

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. The new 84-m, 2,181 gross ton patrol vessel is being built at the Remontowa Shipyard in Poland for delivery in 2007. The ship’s diesel electric variable pitch propulsion system will provide a top speed of 18 knots and an endurance of 30 days on patrol.

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 supplier network. The domestic content of the project is estimated to be 90%. The main duty of the offshore patrol vessel is to operate in open sea patrol.

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. Choudhary…

Mexican Navy Orders Three Patrol Vessels

Photo: Damen

The Mexican Navy (Secretaria de Marina - SEMAR) and Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Group have signed contracts for three, 42-meter patrol vessels in addition to navy’s existing fleet. The new ships will be of the Damen Stan Patrol 4207 design. Known in Mexico as the Ténochtitlan class, the three new SPa 4207 vessels will be built by the Mexican Navy Yard ASTIMAR 1 in Tampico. Damen will provide the engineering, material package, technical assistance and crew training. The vessels will be named after Mexican historical sites and are expected to be launched in 2016.

Thai Navy Accepts BAE Offshore Patrol Vessel

HTMS Krabi

The Royal Thai Navy has become the latest navy to take delivery of an offshore patrol vessel designed by BAE Systems. HTMS Krabi was constructed by Bangkok Dock through a technology transfer agreement with BAE Systems, which supports Thailand’s national policy of self-sufficiency by growing its own sustainable shipbuilding capability. Her formal handover marked the completion of the first ship to be constructed at Mahidol Adulyadej Naval Dockyard and was attended by members of the Thai Royal Family.

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