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Beca & Vard Marine to support New Zealand Ministry of Defence Southern Ocean Patrol Vessel Project

Logistic News - Published on Mon, 21 Sep 2020

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Beca Applied Technologies Ltd, with the support of specialist naval architecture company Vard Marine Inc, have been appointed by the New Zealand Ministry of Defence as the Technical Support Partner to the Southern Ocean Patrol Vessel project. Beca and Vard Marine will join the Ministry’s Integrated Project Team providing systems engineering, concept design and technical logistics input for the early stages of the project as the capability is defined and specified.

The SOPV project is exploring options for a ship that is designed to operate in one of the harshest environments on the planet. An ice-strengthened offshore patrol vessel for Southern Ocean operations will be navigating the large distance between New Zealand and Antarctica, it will be traversing one of the roughest seas in the world, and must be able to operate safely in Ross Sea ice conditions. Any vessel that can meet these needs will need characteristics tailored to these demanding conditions.

Beca has been a long-standing strategic supplier to the Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force. They have a successful track record of support to capability development projects and programmes including more recently the Maritime Sustainment Capability and the Dive Hydro Vessel project that contributed to the delivery of HMNZS Aotearoa and HMNZS Manawanui. Beca has a thorough understanding of Defence’s Capability Management System and continues to provide systems engineering support to both capability development programmes for MoD and in-service capabilities for NZDF.

A potent combination, Beca and Vard Marine together present the best of local systems engineering expertise partnered with specialist international polar class naval architecture. Beca and Vard Marine are looking forward to working together with the Ministry of Defence in the coming years to define and design the SOPV capability requirements for New Zealand in preparation for going to market.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Mon, 21 Sep 2020
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