Bureau Veritas (BV), a Paris-based testing, inspection and certification (TIC) services company, is working with the RAN to support a component of the Navy’s compliance response to the Defence Seaworthiness Management System (DSwMS).
Bureau Veritas will work with the RAN to prescribe the naval materiel policies and the new standardised naval material rule set for Australia. This framework will provide a necessary ecosystem for the trusted design, build, and commissioning of naval ships as Australia’s sovereign shipbuilding capabilities grow.
"This is an exciting project for Bureau Veritas,” Pierre de Chateau Thierry, Business Director, BV Marine & Offshore in Australasia said. “The naval shipbuilding capacity being built in Adelaide and related projects require a strong framework providing the practical foundation for the supply chain and standards.
“Assisting the Navy develop its DSwMS compliance response is a foundation and we are looking forward to commencing this important and substantial task which also has a challenging delivery timeline. Building modern warships is a complex design, procurement, and supply chain management challenge. We will be focused on helping ensure that the complexity of the challenges involved can be managed in confidence."
BV says it has a ‘significant’ expertise and deployable capacity in Australia and overseas to support the RAN, CASG and the naval shipyards.
"We are far more than a classification society, but this project will also draw on our core marine technology capabilities in hull systems, propulsion, electrical systems, ship survivability, stability and trimming, submarine systems, and control systems,” Thierry continued. “We combine the best of marine and other industries to provide the sophisticated capabilities required.
"To support its activities focused on the sovereign shipbuilding projects, Bureau Veritas is opening a new Liaison and Support office with dedicated staff, located in Adelaide’s new Defence & Space Innovation Precinct. If we are going to be a key player in the ecosystem we need to be in that ecosystem."