Skipsteknisk AS of Norway and International Maritime Consultants (IMC) of Fremantle, Australia have entered into a teaming agreement to offer the Skipsteknisk range of hydrographic oceanographic research vessel designs to the Commonwealth of Australia under program SEA 2400 Phase 1 Hydrographic Data Collection Capability.
The exclusive arrangement will bring together Skipsteknisk’s (www.skipsteknisk.no) global research vessel portfolio of in-service designs with IMC’s (www.imcau.com.au) wealth of Australian vessel compliance experience and vessel construction support. On the basis of both naval architecture consultancies independent position, the Skipsteknisk IMC team will make their reference design/s available to program bidders on a non-exclusive basis, ensuring the Commonwealth has maximum flexibility in its choice of supplier and build location.
As the world’s leading independent research vessel designer Skipsteknisk has been delivering sophisticated oceanographic vessel designs for more than 25 years bringing to SEA 2400 unparalleled expertise and experience in platform considerations, including onboard and offboard hydrographic and oceanographic systems, hull borne noise mitigation, vessel motions and designing for through-life value and performance.
Skipsteknisk Managing Director, Mr. Hans Ove Holmøy said “Skipsteknisk has designed research vessels for customers and shipyards all over the world, providing us with the in-service experience and expertise to deliver a high performance, low risk solution for the Commonwealth, regardless of where the vessel may be built. Our noise reduced ST-design research vessels are highly functional, reliable and comfortable working platforms. We look forward to working with IMC and drawing on our complimentary expertise to offer a similarly successful solution to the Royal Australian Navy.”
Recent Skipsteknisk designs to go into service include the 75m fishery and oceanographic research vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen constructed at Spanish shipyard Astilleros Gondan for the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) as part of the United Nations’ (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The vessel is jointly operated by the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) and the University of Bergen (UIB). The company also designed the 95m Perivian Navy oceanographic research vessel, RV B.A.P Carrasco, constructed at Freire Shipyard in Vigo, Spain.
As a diversified independent Australian naval architecture consultancy, IMC provides expertise in Australian compliance as well as specialist, independent knowledge of the Australian industry. This experience will ensure Skipsteknisk’s technology is transferred seamlessly into the Australian context while providing a national repository for the design data throughout the life of the vessel.
On signing of the teaming agreement at Skipsteknisk’s Norwegian headquarters, IMC managing director, Justin McPherson, commented “It is a pleasure to be working with the world leaders in oceanographic research vessel design and provide IMC’s Australian design skills to capture the specific requirements of the Royal Australian Navy and thereafter support the vessel throughout its service to the Commonwealth.”