14 Oktober 2015
A model of DSME's proposal for Australia's SEA 1654 Phase 3 replenishment vessel requirement, on display at the Pacific 2015 exhibition in Sydney (photo : ADBR)
South Korean shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) and Spanish shipbuilder Navantia showcased their respective design proposals for the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) new afloat replenishment ships at the recent Pacific 2015 international maritime exposition and conference in Sydney.
In June 2014 the two companies were shortlisted to bid for Australia's Project SEA 1654 Phase 3, which seeks to replace the RAN supply ships HMAS Success (OR 304) and HMAS Sirius (O 266) with off-the-shelf acquisitions. In October 2014 both DSME and Navantia received parallel risk reduction contracts to complete their respective design baselines to meet the RAN's specific needs.
DSME's proposal is based on BMT Defence Services' Aegir 18A support ship design. A model of the proposal was revealed for the first time at Pacific 2015, following completion of the risk reduction studies, Wan-Ho Jo from DSME's naval and special ship marketing team told IHS Jane's .
ESPS Cantabria AOR replenishing HMAS Canberra LHD and NUSHIP Hobart AWD (photo : Navantia)
The design proposal features a length of 180 m, an overall beam of 26 m, a draught of 13 m, and a standard displacement of 25,800 tonnes, according to specifications provided by the company.
"The design is very similar to the logistics support vessel that is being built for the Royal Norwegian Navy," said Jo, who added that the proposal includes air-conditioning modifications to suit the climatic conditions in which the ships will be operating.
Rob Steel, BMT's Head of International Naval Business, said that the proposal's "modern and contemporary design" was one of the key selling points of the consortium's proposal. "The design meets [International Maritime Organisation] and Australian legislations," Steel told IHS Jane's at Pacific 2015.
Steel pointed to the proposal's twin shaft/twin skeg design as another advantage.