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Euronaval 2016: Kazakhstan OPV signing expected soon

18th October 2016 - 14:48 by Richard Thomas in Paris

Euronaval 2016: Kazakhstan OPV signing expected soon

German shipbuilders Abeking and Rasmussen are looking to sign a formal contract for a 60m OPV with Kazakhstan by the end of this year or in early 2017.

The 60m OPV design is one two new designs created by the company to meet the demand for patrol vessels around the world. The Kazakhstan vessel will have an endurance of 14 days and a range of approximately 2,500nm at 12kt.

Also featuring a winch-down area, the OPV will embark two RHIBs, a diving platform and deck space for 20ft and 10ft ISO containers. The two parties recently signed MoU for the vessel.

An official declined to comment as to whether any long-lead items had been ordered for the vessel but did say that the market for 60-90m patrol vessels was promising given the number of developing navies looking to increase their capability without getting too complex.

‘We definitely see a tendency towards simple OPVs, vessels to cover the sea. You need a certain size in order to get the endurance [required],’ said the official.

The company had previously completed a three ship programme for the Latvian Navy in 2011. These swath-hulled multirole vessels (pictured) feature a modular mission area at the bow, with payloads fitted in ISO TEUs, adding capabilities such as fire-fighting, main guns or medical facilities.

Other roles include mine countermeasure, with the addition of an integrated payload.

This modular aspect to ship design worked well for smaller vessels, added the official, but that when applied to larger, more complex vessels problems would arise.

‘I don’t believe so much in modularity if it is going to be complex. Many times we have seen when a [larger] vessel is fitted with its first payload that end up becoming permanent. Modularity [though] does work for smaller vessels, for OPVs, hydrographic survey ships and things like that.’  

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