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OPVs Sector Report 2010 Part 1


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Here is the first part of the OPVs Sector Report 2010 giving you nation-by-nation developments on the current and future naval requirements and procurement plans. The full report is available at the OPvs Content Library at along with other free downloadable OPVs reports, interviews, articles and presentations.

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OPVs Sector Report 2010 Part 1

  1. 1. OFFSHORE PATROL VESSELS - SECTOR REPORT Introduction Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) are the fastest growing segment of the Naval Vessels Market. At least 30 countries are known to have a total of 89 OPVs on order and plans for another 98 at a value of over $15 Billion. OPVs can be broadly classified into 2 types; 1) High-end war-fighting vessels with expensive weapon systems and C4I suites and 2) More basic patrol vessels, designed for sustained low intensity missions and equipped with basic gun armaments, standard navigation sensors and built to commercial standards. Which of these types a country chooses, depends on its particular naval requirements, resulting from its geographic location, political aspirations and intended role of its naval force. However, the majority of OPV programmes are of the cheaper multi-role variety. These are being used in an increasing number of roles, including fishery protection, pollution control, fire-fighting, salvage or search and rescue (SAR), counter-narcotics, humanitarian operations and exclusive economic zone (EEZ) patrol. Countries with OPV Programmes: Argentina Project PAM (Patrulleros de Alta Mar) is for up to 5 OPVs of 1,800 tons. With a length of over 80m, the ships are to have diesel propulsion and to be armed with a 40mm gun. The ships will be built at the Rio Santiago shipyard to the same Fassmer design as the Chilean boats. Funding for the first of class has been approved and a construction contract is expected in 2010. Deliveries are planned for 2013 to 2016. Australia A fleet of 20 offshore combatant vessels (OCVs) equipped with modular mission systems is planned, to incorporate the capabilities presently provided by the RAN’s separate patrol boat, hydrographic and minehunter fleets. Bangladesh Plans to acquire an OPV were announced in 2004
  2. 2. Brazil 6 NAPA 500 patrol vessels are on order with the first delivered in 2009 and the others due for delivery by 2013 A contract for a 3rd batch of ships is expected in 2010 and an eventual total of 27 is planned. Canada On 9th July 2007, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a procurement programme for up to 8 ice-capable arctic OPVs (AOPVs) with a Polar class 5 classification. The project is estimated to cost CAN$3.1 billion (US$2.45 billion) and the first vessel is due for delivery in 2014. BMT Fleet Technology was awarded an initial CAN$4.5 million contract for the definition phase of the contract with STX Canada marine and BAE Systems and will produce a design to determine the navy’s requirements. Displacing about 3000 tonnes the 100m A/OPVs must be capable of withstanding sea state 7 and of operating for up to 4 months in the icy waters of the Arctic Ocean. The vessels will have a steel reinforced hull to break through ice of up to 1m thick and be able to reach a top speed of 20kts, as well as embark a CH-148 Cyclone helicopter. Providing maritime security in the North West passage is a niche requirement that will be filled with the procurement of a presence OPV that will likely only be armed with a single 40mm cannon. Chile The Chilean Navy’s coast guard was scheduled to commission the second of four offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) on 27 August 2009. State-owned Chilean shipbuilder Astilleros y Maestranzas de la Armada (ASMAR) handed over the 1,728-ton Comandante Toro OPV to the Chilean Navy’s coastguard on the 30th July at the shipyard in Talcahuano. Comandante Toro and its sister ship, first-of-class Pilot Pardo, have been built to an 80.6 m design from German company Fassimer under the US$54 million maritime zone patrol vessel programme. Powered by twin Warsila 12V 26 diesels, the OPVs can reach a maximum speed of 20 kt and has a range of some 8,600 n miles at 12 kt. Colombia An OPVs is being built by COTECMAR for launching in 2010. A second ship is planned. Denmark The Royal Danish Navy (RDN) acquired its first of 2 new Arctic patrol ships in
  3. 3. February 2008, the 1720 ton Knud Rasmussen. Built by Karstensens Skibsvaerft in Skagen, the hull and propulsion system of the 72m ships were manufactured at the Stoczina Polnolcna shipyard in Gdansk, part of the Remontowa group, to Det Norske Veritas (DNV) Navy ICE 1A standards. The second ship, Ejnar Mikkelsen, was scheduled to begin patrolling the coast of Greenland in February 2009. The ships have a simple surface/air search radar and navigation radar arrangement and can launch a modified version of the Combat Boat 90E long-range rescue craft, deployed from the stern. Although armed with just two machine guns for sovereignty patrolling near Greenland, the Knud Rasmussen-class can move into its secondary warfighting role by fitting up to four modular containers that contain the Evolved Sea Sparrow missile, MU90 torpedo or a 76mm gun. Ecuador Plans to acquire 1 OPV. India India is building 4 Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessels, with the first 3 to enter service in 2010. A second batch of 5 vessels are planned to be funded from 2012 to 2017. Iraq The third and fourth Fateh-class (Diciotti) offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the Iraqi Navy (IqN) were delivered in a ceremony at Fincantieri’s Muggiano shipyard in northern Italy on the 16th December 2009. First of class Fateh (PS 702) was built at Fincantieri’s Riva Trigoso shipyard and handed over on the 15th May. It arrived in Umm Qasr on the 21st June to become the IqN’s flagship. The second ship, Nasir (PS 703) was delivered to the IqN in October at Muggiano. Delivery of Majed and Shimookh has completed the IqN’s patrol shop acquisition. Fincantieri built the OPV quartet under a EUR80 million (US$108) million) contract awarded in 2006 that includes crew training and logistic support. The Fateh design is based on Fincantieri’s single Diciotti- class OPV for Malta, itself a modification of the Saettia-class OPVs in service with the Italian Coast Guard. Instead of Diciotti’s helicopter deck, the Iraqi ships have an open stern ramp for the launch and recovery of a 10 m high- speed interceptor craft. An enhanced air-conditioning system has been fitted to cope with the high temperatures in the Persian Gulf. The ships are each fitted with a pair of Isotta Faschini V1716T2MSD engines that give a top speed of 23 kt. The design also includes a rigid inflatable boat and crane positioned amidships, a remotely operated Oto Melar Marlin 30 mm gun and
  4. 4. two 12.7 mm machine guns. Libya Libya has shown interest in a helicopter-capable 60 m offshore patrol vessel with greater endurance. The OPV60 design includes a flight-deck aft for light helicopters in the five-ton class. Boarding and rescue operations can be carried out with the help of two embarked RHIBs. Onboard facilities also include a decontamination station. The vessel is planned to be fitted with an electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) surveillance system and a light gun armament, and there are options for an expanded systems fit. Mexico 6 Oaxaca class OPVs are being built, with two already in service and the third for commissioning in 2010. The fifth and sixth of class are due to launch in 2011. Netherlands Damen-owned Schelde Naval Shipbuilding has received a EUR240 million (US$345 million) contract from the Netherlands’ Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) to deliver 4 Patrol Ships (Patrouilleschepen) for the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN). These vessels are of the Holland-class and are to replace the 6 Karel Doorman class frigates. Displacing 3,750 tonnes and measuring 108m in length, the Patrol Ship concept has been designed to fulfil the RNLN’s operational requirement for a large, flexible, high-endurance platform to perform constabulary tasks and maritime security operations in the territorial waters and exclusive economic zone of the Netherlands, the Netherland Antilles and Aruba. This will include embargo operations, counter-narcotics and humanitarian missions. The first 2 vessels will be built by Schelde Naval Shipbuilding at its facility in Vlissingen. The first ship will be delivered in 2010 and the second will launch this year. Construction of the second pair will be focused on Damen Shipyard Galatz in Romania under supervision of Schelde Naval Shipbuilding and delivery is scheduled for 2012. Visit for the full Sector Report.