DSME DW3000H 3.000 tonnes frigates (photo : ADJ)
DSME–The Korean Ship Building Giant
Bangkok: South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) made its presence felt in Defense & Security 2012 by showcasing its range of shipbuilding skills and technologies. DSME is at the Bangkok show to propose its latest frigate design to the Thai Royal Navy. The vessel proposed is a DW 3000H with 3,000 tonnes displacement and 114 metres in length.
DSME and NGVTech jointly build three training ship (1.270 tons and 75.9 m length) for Royal Malaysian Navy (photo : standdupper)
DSME is very active especially in the AsiaPacific. Last year the Korean giant signed an agreement with the Royal Malaysian Navy to build three training vessels and currently in negotiations with the RMN to build at least two Dokdo-class multi-purpose ship around 20,000 tonnage.
Malaysian sources said that the RMN need LPD similar to Dokdo, but weighs less than 8,000 tons. The similar ship was Italian San Giorgio class (7.650 tons and 133m length) that can carry 350 troops, 30 MBT or 36 APC, five Bell 412 helicopters. (photo : Italy DoD)
DSME recently won the bid in the Indonesian submarine programme when the shipyard is contracted to build three diesel-electric submarines.
DSME hit another big contract in the European market last February. The Korean shipbuilder has won a £452 million ($715.2 million) deal to equip Britain’s Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) with new naval tankers. DSME was to build four 37,000 tonnes auxiliary oilers using a design from leading British naval consultants BMT Defence Services in South Korea. Sang-Tae Nam, the president and executive of Daewoo Shipbuilding, said: “This significant win in the UK, coupled with our recent Indonesian submarine order, helps to further broaden our international business credentials. Exporting these MARS tankers to the UK adds to our already strong and competitive portfolio”.
(ADJ-Defense & Security 2012 News)