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OPV construction

Postby glenhowells » 01 Aug 2018 15:07

Now nuship Sydney has been in the water for 2 and half months now why have they not started building the OPV's yet. With them being rather smaller than the AWD's surely there is available space to start building them. Is there a time line in place for the 2 building in SA.
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Re: OPV construction

Postby rritchie71 » 01 Aug 2018 15:27

To make the deadline for the new frigates and for WA to take over in 2020, ASC should have started cutting the steel back in April, do not know if they have or not. They did have skills shortages because a lot of the people like boiler makers and fitters etc have already left.

Note - The other important question is, will Civmec be properly ready to take over in time, rumor has it they won't be.

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Re: OPV construction

Postby MikeJames » 04 Oct 2018 15:26

Morrison floats his defence boats vision


12:00AM OCTOBER 4, 2018

Wearing the obligatory hard hat and high-vis vest, Scott Morrison got his hands dirty yesterday as he helped cut the first steel for Australia’s new $3.6 billion offshore patrol vessels.

At the end of a three-day trip to Western Australia, the Prime Minister toured the nation’s largest ship assembly hall at engineering firm Civmec’s new $85 million facility. He was accompanied by senior WA Liberals including Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, senator Dean Smith and former foreign minister Julie Bishop.

Ten of the 12 patrol boats will be built at the Civmec facility, starting in 2020.

“This is 1000 jobs, and this is Australian steel going into Australian ships,” Mr Morrison said. “You see the defence supply chain at work — steel from Port Kembla, cutting here, work being done in other parts of the country. This is what our defence industry plan is delivering.”

The government’s $90bn naval ship building program includes 12 submarines, nine future frigates and 21 Pacific patrol boats.

Mr Morrison said the OPV project would help boost the WA economy, which is recovering after several years of recession.
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Re: OPV construction

Postby BsHvyCgn9 » 04 Oct 2018 17:59

nothing much happening (visibly) at ASC just ongoing construction work on shipyard expansion....

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Re: OPV construction

Postby littoralcombat » 04 Oct 2018 19:15

My Spies tell me a big order went in for Copper Nickel Pipe with a European manufacturer. Problem was, they tried to go cheap and get lower Spec than was specified in the contract to save money. Lurssen found out and were not amused.
Lets hope there is not a repeat of the debacle where ASC did the same on the first AWD, buying cheapo steel pipe from China. Result.....rip it all out and start again. :no:

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