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South American shipyards maintain their tempo

9th March 2022 - 10:13 GMT | by Tim Fish, Wilder Alejandro Sanchez in Washington DC & Auckland

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The steel-cutting process for the new Chilean Navy amphibious ships took place at ASMAR's Talcahuano facility. (Photo: Chile Navy)

Shipyards in Argentina, Brazil and Chile are constructing vessels for their respective fleets, including ships for polar operations.

The 27 February announcement from Chilean shipyard ASMAR that it has cut first steel on a new amphibious vessel for the Chilean Navy came at a time of strong activity for South American naval shipbuilding.

Argentine state-run shipyard Tandanor is preparing to build a new polar vessel with Finnish assistance, while efforts continue in neighbouring Brazil on an indigenously constructed vessel for Antarctic operations.

The Chilean Escotillón IV project will modernise the navy’s amphibious transportation capabilities with four new vessels. These ships will replace the Chilean Navy vessels Aquiles (AP-41), Sargento Aldea (LSDH-91), Rancagua (LST-92) and Chacabuco (LST-95). 

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