Damen Shipbuilding highlights offshore patrol vessel activities

By Richard Tomkins  |  Sept. 22, 2017 at 12:54 PM
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Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Damen Shipyards Group is touting its building of offshore patrol vessels around the world ahead of the 12th Annual Offshore Patrol Vessels Conference.

In summarizing its activity building the products, the Dutch company said five vessels were delivered to customers last year and 15 are currently under construction.

"OPVs are playing an increasingly significant role in modern naval operations." Damen Manager, Design & Proposal, Piet van Rooij said in a news release Wednesday. "They offer a versatile platform from which an extremely wide range of duties can be performed.

"OPVs allow navies and coastguards to carry out non-military duties like search and rescue, anti-smuggling operations and humanitarian support in a very cost-efficient way, but if necessary the OPVs can include conventional military activities such as anti-ship and anti-air warfare."

The five naval patrol/OPVs delivered last year include two SIGMA 10514 vessels for the Indonesian Navy, two OPVs to the Middle East and one multi-role aviation training vessel to the Royal Australian Navy.

Most of these deliveries show Damen's commitment to cooperating with a client's local shipbuilding industry, Van Rooij said.

Some of the 15 vessels under construction are being built at shipyards in the client countries.

"Our experience in local construction of specialized military vessels really is unparalleled," van Rooij said.

Damen is presenting its complete offshore patrol vessel portfolio at 12th Annual Offshore Patrol Vessels Conference in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, next week.

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