DSEI 2015

Naval support vessels from South Korea [DSEI15, D3]

17 September 2015

South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME, Stand S8-268) is looking to grow its naval support vessel order book on the back of contract wins in the UK and Norway.

The company, working in partnership with UK-based BMT Defence Services (Stand S3-360), is vying for orders in Australia and New Zealand.

DSME was in March 2012 awarded a £452 million contract by the UK MoD to build four 37,000-ton MARS (Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability) tankers for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA).

Based on a tailored variant of BMT’s generic Aegir design, these ships − to be the Tide class in service − will meet the long-standing requirement for new double-hulled fleet tankers. First-of-class RFA Tidespring was launched in April 2015, and is due to be handed over later this year.

Following up on the MARS tanker success, DSME was in June 2013 contracted by the Norwegian MoD to build a new Logistic Support Vessel for the Royal Norwegian Navy. This vessel, a scaled-down derivative of the MARS tanker design, is due for handover in 2016 and will be named KNM Maud.

DSME, working in conjunction with BMT, now seeks to capture new orders on either side of the Tasman Sea. Last week, the company was shortlisted to compete with rival yard Hyundai Heavy Industries in a ‘best and final offer’ phase for New Zealand’s Maritime Sustainment Capability (MSC).

MSC is intended to replace the navy’s replenishment tanker, HMNZS Endeavour, which retires in 2018.

In Australia, DSME is up against Spanish shipyard Navantia for Australia’s Project 1654 Phase 3 Maritime Operational Support Capability requirement. This covers the build of two auxiliary oiler replenishment ships to replace HMAS Success and HMAS Sirius in navy service.

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