Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine) on Thursday held the interim delivery of the first vessel RNOV Al Seeb as well as naming ceremony for the second Patrol Vessel (PV), RNOV Shinas, built for Royal Navy of Oman (RNO).
ST Marine won the contract to design and build four PVs for the RNO in 2012. This contract was awarded by the Ministry of Defence of the Sultanate of Oman through a competitive international tender. The first vessel is expected to be delivered in 2Q2015 and the final one in 3Q2016.
“The ships of this class are equipped with the latest state-of-the-art equipment and defence systems which enable them to fulfill their full military tasks and duties efficiently at sea and in a way that meet the RNO requirements and commitments towards it full national missions represented in the protection of the Omani territorial waters and to reinforce maritime security over the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Worth to mention that the RNO is very satisfied about the work being carried by ST Marine as the project phases till date are being conducted according to the agreed time schedule. Furthermore, the continuous cooperation between the company staff and the RNO project representative in Singapore had positive impact on the success achieved and witnessed today. I hope that this project upon completion would be a new addition of upgrading and development plans adopted by the RNO toward modernising its naval fleet in coincidence with the thorough development witnessed by the Sultan’s Armed Forces on the whole,” said Rear Admiral (RADM) Abdullah bin Khamis bin Abdullah al-Raisi, Commander, The Royal Navy of Oman.
“ST Marine is delighted that today, together with our esteemed customer and partner, the Royal Navy of Oman, we mark two major milestones for the Al-Ofouq project - the interim acceptance for the first patrol vessel ‘RNOV Al Seeb’ and the naming for the second patrol vessel ‘RNOV Shinas’. Shinas is a coastal town in northern Oman at the Gulf of Oman. Like this town, the vessel RNOV Shinas will be deployed to watch over the Gulf leading into the Straits of Hormuz to ensure that the sea lanes are kept open and safe. The vessel will also ensure the sovereignty of the Sultanate of Oman. ST Marine wants to thank and appreciate the Royal Navy of Oman for their guidance and professionalism in ensuring that together, we continue to achieve or even better what we have achieved so far. With the interim acceptance of RNOV Al-Seeb, we also want to wish her fair winds and following seas as she embarks on the next phase of her journey,” said NG Sing Chan, President, ST Marine.