Australia’s shipbuilder Austal has opted out of the country’s Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) program due to failed negotiations with the main contractor German ship designer Lürssen.
"Lürssen has worked hard to explore options to leverage the experience base at Henderson for the construction of 10 vessels in Western Australia, including conducting lengthy negotiations with Austal," Defence Connect quotes Lürssen Australia in its statement.
"Ultimately, the negotiations with Austal have not generated a proposal that represents an acceptable level of value for money and Austal will not be a participant in the OPV build team," the statement said.
In November 2017, the German shipbuilder was awarded SEA 1180 OPV project, which is worth up to AU$4 billion, to build the fleet of 12 new Royal Australian Navy offshore patrol vessels.
The builder confirmed in the statement that it has moved to conclude commercial negotiations with its build partners for the multibillion-dollar project.
Lürssen is now making subcontracting arrangements with ASC and Perth-based Civmec Construction and Engineering for steel fabrication and construction, Saab Australia for the situational awareness system and L3 for communications throughout the ships.
Saab has received a contract from Luerssen Australia for the Situational Awareness System (SAS) for the Royal Australian Navys new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV). The contract is expected to run over the 12 year OPV shipbuilding programme, which will see the delivery of 12 new ships
The Australian government has signed a multi-billion dollar agreement with German ship designer Lürssen as prime contractor, for its Offshore Patrol Vessel project, Defense ministry announced on January 31. Australias Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne MP, announced Wednesday that the contract with Lürssen to lead the design and build is worth at least $3 billion for 12 OPVs
Damen Shipyards Group has submitted a tender for the SEA 1180 Phase 1 Project to deliver twelve Offshore Patrol Vessels to the Royal Australian Navy. Damen has teamed with ASC Forgacs Shipbuilding, a joint venture established to build the initial two ships in South Australia and further 10 in Western Australia, to compete for the foundation project of Australias continuous Naval shipbuilding enterprise
The Australian multi-billion-dollar Offshore Patrol Vessel project is expected to create around 400 direct jobs, Christopher Pyne, Minister for Defence Industry said. The MoD has released the Request for Tender (RFT) for the OPV project to the three shortlisted designers, Damen, Fassmer and Luerssen
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Australian shipbuilder Austal confirmed on 13 August that it is ready to build naval ships in the Philippines if it secures a contract with the Philippines Government to build six vessels OPV (Offshore Patrol Vessels), Austal said in a Twitter post. Commenting on the proposed build programme, Austal said, “Austals OPV will be designed in Australia and the Philippines but will be built at Austal Philippines for the Philippines Navy (PN)
BAE Systems has been selected by the Australian Government as the preferred tenderer for the SEA 5000 program to deliver nine Future Frigates for the Royal Australian Navy. The overall announced program is expected to be in the region of AUD $35bn for the design, build and support of the ships
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