• Leurssen has contracted steel fabrication and processing for the 12 OPVs to WA's Civmec. Credit: Luerssen
    Leurssen has contracted steel fabrication and processing for the 12 OPVs to WA's Civmec. Credit: Luerssen
  • Luerssen's OPV80 design for Sea 1180. Credit: Luerssen
    Luerssen's OPV80 design for Sea 1180. Credit: Luerssen
  • The Royal Bruneian Navy's KDB Darulaman at the RAN's International Fleet Review in 2013. Credit: Saberwyn CC BY-SA 3.0 https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28844148
    The Royal Bruneian Navy's KDB Darulaman at the RAN's International Fleet Review in 2013. Credit: Saberwyn CC BY-SA 3.0 https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28844148
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Civmec Limited has been awarded a contract from Luerssen Australia to supply and process steel for all 12 Sea 1180 Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs).

Following the build of the first two vessels in South Australia, Civmec will undertake specific fabrication and construction activities for the following 10 vessels in Western Australia.

Final consolidation of the 10 vessels will be undertaken in Civmec's new shipbuilding facility, which is currently under construction adjacent to its existing water-front facilities and head office at Henderson, Western Australia.

Luerssen's OPV80 design for Sea 1180. Credit: Luerssen
Luerssen's OPV80 design for Sea 1180. Credit: Luerssen

Civmec has begun mobilising personnel and equipment to ensure steel for the project is cut in time to meet the commencement for the construction of the first vessel in South Australia later this year.

“Securing such long-term work is great news for the Company, our employees and our current and future apprentices and trainees. It reinforces our decision to invest in the development of a new state-of-the-art shipbuilding facility at our Henderson yard,” Pat Tallon, CEO of Civmec, said.

James Fitzgerald, Executive Chairman of Civmec, also emphasised the importance of the contract. “The award of this contract is of momentous significance for the Company and will underpin both the Company’s growth, and the development of its employees, for current and future generations.”

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