The US Coast Guard’s next icebreaker is based on a German research vessel, and is also equipped with a Finnish propulsion design. The vessel will be driven by American diesels, according to shipbuilder VT Halter Marine. The US Department of the Navy had appointed VT Halter Marine to be the prime contractor of a $745,940,860 contract for the construction of USCG’s Heavy Polar Icebreaker.
Harjit S. Sajjan, Canada’s Minister of National Defence, took part in a ceremony at Irving Shipbuilding for the start of construction for the fourth Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship, the future HMCS William Hall. This is the fourth of six such ships to be built for the Royal Canadian Navy. The AOPS project is part of Canada’s renewed focus on surveillance of Canadian territory, particularly its Arctic regions.
KfW IPEX-Bank will be providing EUR 16.43 million to Royal Arctic Line to finance two more transport vessels. In November 2018, KfW IPEX-Bank agreed a pre- and post-delivery financing for two similar vessels for the Greenland shipping company, which are currently being built at the Zamakona shipyard in Spain. With delivery planned at the end of 2020 and 2021 respectively, the newbuild transport vessels will replace older ships in the Royal Arctic Line fleet.
Admiralty Shipyards have officially began the construction of the high-Arctic research platform North Pole. The shipyard had signed a contract with Federal Service of Russia on Hydrometeorology and Monitoring of the Environment for constructing the ice resistant self-propelled platform back in April 2018.
Australia’s Antarctic Supply Research Vessel RSV Nuyina was successfully floated at Damen Shipyards Galati. The procedure was achieved by raising the water level in the yard’s dry dock by six metres. The process took two days to complete. It will serve as a fully equipped research laboratory facility for up to 116 scientific staff.
Canada’s lead Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessel the future HMCS Harry DeWolf, was launched on September 15, marking a significant milestone for the National Shipbuilding Strategy and the Royal Canadian Navy’s combatant fleet. HMCS Harry DeWolf is the largest Royal Canadian Navy ship built in Canada in 50 years.
At Eastern Economic Forum, Russian Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex, owned by United Shipbuilding Corporation, signed a Term Sheet with South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. for creating a joint venture to manage projects for construction of Arctic shuttle tankers.
The RRS Sir David Attenborough, the new polar research ship for Britain, was launched into the River Mersey, on Saturday July 14. The ship is being built at Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead, near Liverpool. Once the ship becomes fully operational in late 2019, it will be operated by British Antarctic Survey
Irving Shipbuilding, Canada’s National Shipbuilder, has awarded an $8.9 million contract to ABCO Industries Limited to design and build a 12 metre landing craft for the Royal Canadian Navy’s Harry DeWolf-class Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships. The first AOPS, the future HMCS Harry DeWolf, will be launched in fall 2018.
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