Civmec together with its subsidiaries announced that they have been awarded a contract from Lürssen Australia in support of the SEA 1180 Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) project.
The awarded scope includes the supply and processing of steel for all twelve vessels.
The first of the 12 SEA 1180 OPVs will commence production in the fourth quarter of 2018. The first two ships will be constructed at the ASC Shipbuilding’s Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide, South Australia, based on the Lürssen OPV design. The project will then transfer to the Henderson Maritime Precinct in Western Australia where Lürssen will use the capabilities of Austal and Civmec to build ten OPVs, subject to the conclusion of commercial negotiations.
Civmec said in the statement that its will undertake specific fabrication and construction activities for the following ten vessels. It added that the final consolidation of the ten vessels will be undertaken in the company’s new world-class shipbuilding facility, which is currently under construction adjacent to its existing waterfront facilities and head office at Henderson, Western Australia.
The Company has begun mobilising personnel and equipment to ensure steel for the project is cut in time to meet the Q4 2018 commencement for the construction of the first vessel in South Australia.
Pat Tallon, CEO of Civmec, said “Securing such long-term work is great news for the Company, our employees and our current and future apprentices and trainees. It reinforces our decision to invest in the development of a new state-of-the-art shipbuilding facility at our Henderson yard.”
James Fitzgerald, Executive Chairman of Civmec, said “The award of this contract is of momentous significance for the Company and will underpin both the Company’s growth, and the development of its employees, for current and future generations.”
German shipbuilder, Lürssen was selected last year as the prime contractor by the Australian Government for designing and building 12 Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), for its $4 billion SEA 1180 Phase 1 OPV project.
Lürssen beat shortlisted rivals Damen of the Netherlands and Fassmer of Germany.
The SEA 1180 ships will be larger and more capable than Australia’s current Armidale-class patrol boats, they are replacing. They will be 80 metres in length with a displacement of 1700 tonnes and a draught of 4 metres.
The vessels will be fitted with a 40mm gun for self-protection, three 8.4m sea boats, state of the art sensors as well as command and communication systems. This will allow the OPVs to operate alongside Australian Border Force vessels, other Australian Defence Force units and our regional partners.
The new SEA 1180 OPV fleet will conduct intelligence and surveillance missions (ISR), search and rescue (SAR), humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) and border protection patrols. The OPVs will have an important role protecting the borders and will provide greater range and endurance than the existing patrol boat fleet. The OPVs will allow the Navy to undertake more extensive operations and protect resources over greater distances and in more complex maritime environments.
They are able to embark unmanned aerial (UAV), underwater (UUV) and surface vehicles (USV) and can operate larger sea boats which are essential for boarding operations.
As detailed in the 2016 Defence White Paper, the Australian Government is undergoing its largest regeneration of naval capability since the Second World War. In total the it is spending $89bn on 21 Pacific patrol boats, 12 OPVs, nine future frigates and 12 submarines.