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Teekay Shipping’s Cairns-based tender
response involves BSE Maritime Solutions
building the vessels and Norship provid-
ing through-life support. The bid is cen-
tred on a Damen design utilising the com-
pany’s proven Sea Axe bow.
The Thales Australia proposal is for a
proven and tested design that would be
built by Forgacs at one of its facilities near
Newcastle, New South Wales.
The KBR-led bid includes a STM de-
signed vessel of seemingly conventional
layout that would be built in South Aus-
tralia by Adelaide Ship Construction In-
TKMSA heads up a consortium in
which the PPB-R would be built by Tas-
manian yards Hayward and Incat to a
The PPB-R project involves construc-
tion of up to 21 steel-hulled vessels of
around 40m in length built by an Austral-
ian yard at a cost of AUD$594 million and
gifted to Pacific nations. Built to commer-
cial standards, the PPB-R will be larger
and more capable than the current 31.5m
PPB fleet and feature improved seakeep-
ing, habitability and endurance.
Tender response evaluation is under-
way, with a source selection decision ex-
pected early in 2016. Delivery of vessels
will commence in 2018 through to 2024.
FIVE BID TEAMS have responded to the
request for tender for the Sea 3036 Phase 1
Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (PPB-R)
project, although Australia’s two largest
shipyards are not among them.
ASC and BAE Systems declared them-
selves out of the PPB-R contest early,
leaving bids from teams including Teekay
Shipping Australia-Damen, Thales Aus-
tralia-Forgacs, KBR-Singapore Technol-
ogies Marine (STM) and ThyssenKrupp
Marine Systems Australia (TKMSA)-UGL
Engineering. Western Australia’s Austal
confirmed with DTR that it also submit-
ted a bid but declined to provide further
THE UK MINISTRY of Defence has con-
firmed its preference for a 127mm naval
gun for the Royal Navy’s new Type 26
Global Combat Ship (GCS), with the BAE
Systems Mk 45 Mod 4 system beating out
competition from Babcock proposing an
Oto Melara 127mm gun.
To fulfil the RN’s Maritime
Indirect Fire System require-
ment for the Type 26 GCS,
the complete Mk 45 Mod
4 package will include the
62-calibre naval gun system
itself, an automated ammu-
nition handling system, gun
fire control system and quali-
The Mk 45 gun is currently
in service with 11 navies, in-
cluding the US Nav y (USN),
with deliveries to date total-
ling 240 units.
ating 36-40MW and will form part of the
ship’s Combined Diesel Electric or Gas
machinery arrangement, alongside four
MTU 20V 4000 series diesel generators.
The MT30 also powers the USN’s Free-
dom-class monohull Littoral Combat
Ship, which can attain speeds
in excess of 40 knots.
– Staff Reporters
Bids in for Pacific Patrol Boats
UK confirms Type 26 gun, engine
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has been contracted by prime contractor
BAE Systems to supply its MT30 marine
gas turbine engines for the Type 26 GCS,
with deliveries of first engines due in late
The MT30 turbine is capable of gener-
LEFT: The MT30 gas turbine
has been selected for the
Royal Navy’s new Type 26
Global Combat Ship.
An example of a Damen patrol boat with
Sea Axe bow.
Rendering of the proposed KBR-STM
The TKMSA design submitted for the
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