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    Project Protector

    (Source: New Zealand Ministry of Defence; issued Aug. 6, 2004)

    The Ministers of Defence and Finance announced on 30 July that the contract had been signed between the Government and ship builders Tenix Limited for the construction of seven new ships to be operated by the Navy.

    At a brief ceremony today held with Tenix, Ministers welcomed this next stage of the project. The Minister of Finance, Dr Michael Cullen, said the $NZ500 million project is part of the approved Long Term Development Plan for the New Zealand Defence Force.

    The Minister of Defence, Mark Burton is very pleased that the project is now under way.

    “It is planned that the Multi Role Vessel (MRV), two Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) and four Inshore Patrol Vessels (IPVs) will enter service over the next 3 years.

    “They will represent a significant increase in the Government’s capability to meet military and civilian responsibilities throughout New Zealand’s extensive EEZ, in the South Pacific and in the Southern Ocean.

    “They will fulfil a broad range of requirements including personnel and cargo sealift, emergency response, fisheries and customs patrols and at sea training for the Royal New Zealand Navy.”

    The Minister of Defence said a whole of government approach had been followed from the inception of the project and during the tender evaluation phase.

    “The ships will be operated by the Navy and used for military purposes as well as meeting the needs of a number of other Government agencies.

    Each ship will have designated facilities for staff from other agencies who will embark when required for different operations.

    The MRV will have accommodation for up to fifty Army and Air Force personnel as part of the ship’s company and further space for up to 250 soldiers together with their vehicles and stores to carry them on operational deployments.

    It will have the capability to carry an Infantry Company including its Light Armoured Vehicles and other equipment and will have the capacity to move New Zealand Defence Force equipment for operations like the recent Solomon Islands and East Timor deployments.

    The ship will also be fitted out to enable humanitarian and emergency responses involving multi-agency personnel and equipment, in the South Pacific.

    Both the MRV and the OPVs will be ice strengthened for operations in the Southern ocean and the Ross Sea and will also have the capability to embark Seasprite helicopters, which will enhance their ability to undertake maritime patrol tasks.

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    Tenix Defence Signs $500 Million Contract for NZ Project Protector

    (Source: Australian Department of Defence; issued Aug. 6, 2004)

    Australian company Tenix Defence Pty Ltd has been awarded contracts for the provision of Project Protector, a NZ$500 million modernisation program for the Royal New Zealand Navy, Defence Minister Robert Hill announced today.

    "Tenix's provision of a successful and innovative solution for the New Zealand Navy displays the capabilities and strengths of Australian ship builders to operate competitively in the international market, outcompeting bids from the United Kingdom, Singapore and the Netherlands," Senator Hill said.

    "It also clearly demonstrates that the Australian shipbuilding industry has the ability and skills to meet the forthcoming shipbuilding programs outlined in the Government's Defence Capability Plan."

    Project Protector is the acquisition of a multi-role vessel, and offshore and inshore patrol vessels, to be operated by the Royal New Zealand Navy to conduct tasks for and with the New Zealand Customs, the Department of Conservation, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ministry of Fisheries, Maritime Safety Authority of New Zealand and New Zealand Police.

    The 2002 Maritime Forces Review, conducted by the New Zealand Ministry of Defence, detailed the need for sealift capability, inshore and offshore patrol matched to New Zealand's demanding maritime environments, and the ability to conduct at-sea Naval training.

    All of the vessels purchased under Project Protector will be designed and purpose built to meet these needs.

    Tenix plans to build on its successful experiences of local industry participation in the ANZAC Ship Project in both Australia and New Zealand, with the majority of Project Protector's vessels to be built, assembled, launched and fitted out in Australia and New Zealand. Modules for the offshore patrol vessels will be constructed in New Zealand, while the consolidation and launch of the ships will occur at Tenix's shipbuilding facilities at Williamstown in Victoria, where the ANZAC vessels were constructed.

    "This will provide opportunities for a wide range of New Zealand and Australian companies, building upon the considerable benefits already delivered through the ANZAC frigate program," Senator Hill said.

    -ends-

  • #2
    Similar to the Irish naval service then....


    Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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    • #3
      Can someone tell me why New Zealand can spend 1 billion+ dollar's upgrading their military, while Ireland ,which is a richer country can't?

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      • #4
        http://www.navy.mil.nz/pdfs/strategi...n%20@23aug.pdf

        This link used to have attached images of the proposed vessels. It doesn't any more..

        Try here instead...

        http://www.tenix.com/PDFLibrary/206.pdf


        Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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        • #5
          This is kind of interesting....

          http://www.geocities.com/Pentagon/Qu...z_part6.html#4

          Tenix's proposed Multi-Role Vessel
          This MRV will be a RO-RO type ship as currently used on the Irish Sea.

          Displacement (tonnes): 8,000
          Dimensions (feet): 425 x 76 x ? (131 x 23.4 x ? metres)
          Propulsion: 2 x Diesels (Unknown at this stage)
          Max. Speed (knots): 19
          Armament: Unknown
          Aircraft: 1 x Kaman Seasprite SH-2G ASW Helicopter
          Complement: 53 plus 10 flight, 7 Army and 4 Govt agency officers
          plus 35 trainees and 250 embarked troops

          The OPVs will be helicopter capable and will provide the RNZN with a new
          capability between the Frigates and IPVs, to assist in the patrol of its EEZ.

          Tenix's proposed Off-Shore Patrol Vessels
          These OPVs will be of similar design to the Irish Navy's OPVs, L.E. Roisin & L.E. Niamh.

          Displacement (tonnes): 1,600
          Dimensions (feet): 276 x 45 x 22 (85 x 14 x 6.8 metres)
          Propulsion: 2 x Diesels (Unknown at this stage)
          Max. Speed (knots): 22
          Range (nm): 6,000
          Armament: 1 x 76mm OTO Melara Cannon (Unknown at this stage)
          Aircraft: 1 x Kaman Seasprite SH-2G ASW Helicopter
          Complement: 35 plus 10 flight and 4 Govt agency officers
          plus 30 embarked personnel

          The IPVs will replace the existing Moa Class IPVs.

          Tenix's proposed In-Shore Patrol Vessels
          These IPVs will be similar in design to a Tenix designed S&R vessel in service with the Phillipines Coast Guard.

          Displacement (tonnes): 340
          Dimensions (feet): 179 x 29 x 8 (55 x 9 x 2.5 metres)
          Propulsion: 2 or 3 Diesels (Unknown at this stage)
          Max. Speed (knots): 25
          Range (nm): 3,000
          Armament: Unknown
          Complement: 20 plus 4 Govt agency officers
          plus 12 additional personnel

          The Ministry of Defence will now enter into contract negotiations to
          finalise options for fleet composition and an Offer Definition Process
          to clarify technical matters with Tenix prior to final confirmation of the
          multi-role vessel supplier.
          Originally posted by mutter nutter (again)
          Can someone tell me why New Zealand can spend 1 billion+ dollar's upgrading their military, while Ireland ,which is a richer country can't?
          Because they only have 3 ships?


          Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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          • #6
            Excuse my ignorance but what 8,000 tonne ship are they talking about there?
            Education isn't everything, for a start it isn't an elephant

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            • #7
              One of the Truck ferries.


              Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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              • #8
                Tenix ready to roll on $500m Navy ship project

                06.08.2004
                By KEVIN TAYLOR
                A seven-ship fleet to boost the Royal New Zealand Navy's capabilities will be delivered over the next three years, with work starting almost immediately.

                Government ministers yesterday attended a ceremony at Parliament with officials from Australian shipbuilder Tenix to mark last week's signing of the contract for the $500 million Project Protector.

                But last night a rival ship-builder and unsuccessful tenderer, the Dutch firm Schelde Marinebouw announced it was seeking an urgent High Court hearing to stop the contract proceeding.

                Schelde New Zealand spokesman Bill MacGregor said the company had requested an urgent hearing so a decision on its claim could be made rapidly.

                Schelde filed papers in the High Court last week alleging that the Defence Ministry's tender processing was fatally flawed and seeking $55 million in damages and costs.

                At the ceremony, Tenix group managing director Paul Salteri said the value of the work to New Zealand would be more than $200 million.

                Project work had already been given to about 100 New Zealand firms.

                One 8870-tonne multi-role vessel, two 1600-tonne offshore patrol vessels and four 340-tonne inshore patrol ships will be built.

                Tenix, which owns a shipyard in Whangarei, will build all the inshore patrol vessels and some of the modules for the offshore patrol vessels there.

                The remaining parts will be built at Williamstown, Melbourne.

                The construction of the multi-role vessel will be subcontracted to Merwede in the Netherlands.

                Finance Minister Michael Cullen said the project would have economic benefits to New Zealand industry and the economy, and the Government was getting value for money.

                Delivery dates

                One 8870-tonne multi-role vessel: December 2006.

                Two 1600-tonne offshore patrol vessels: May and November 2007.

                Four 340-tonne Inshore patrol vessels: February, June, and September 2007 and January 2008.


                http://www.nzherald.co.nz/storydispl...reportid=52007

                $500m ship deal 'flawed'

                17.08.2004


                The Government signed a contract with Australian shipbuilder Tenix without knowing exactly the costs of keeping going seven new ships for the Navy throughout their lifetimes.

                However, it had estimated costs to avoid the $16 million cost for missing a deadline set by Tenix.

                Defence Minister Mark Burton yesterday released a raft of cabinet papers about the deal.

                It is facing legal action from a Dutch company which tendered unsuccessfully for the $500 million contract for the new ships.

                Schelde Marinebouw BV has laid a $55 million law suit against the Ministry of Defence and Tenix, which won the contract to build the seven new ships.

                It has described the tender process as fatally flawed.

                The papers show the Government decided not to carry out further work on "life cycle" costs and options for the fleet mix because it would have missed a deadline set by Tenix that would have raised the price.

                The papers stated that work by officials on "issues of fleet mix options and life cycle costing" would not be completed in time.

                But the minister indicated the likely outcome of the additional work would be to confirm the fleet mix offered by Tenix.

                http://www.nzherald.co.nz/storydispl...reportid=52007


                Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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                • #9
                  Some photos of what the new NZ fleet will look like(anyone think they look familiar?)










                  http://www.navy.mil.nz/visit-the-fle...or/default.htm


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                  • #10
                    The kiwis came up with some great reasons for having a Sealift ship(the MRV above)

                    http://www.defence.govt.nz/public_do...contents.shtml
                    PDF file 344KB

                    They later went on to identify what they needed from their Naval Forces,and 2 years later were reasy to start signing cheques.

                    http://www.defence.govt.nz/public_do...nts-page.shtml

                    In comparison,a review of our Military was completed some years ago,with the Naval and Air specific review being completed and published in 1998.
                    Most of the suggestions have been ignored by the powers that be,except for the ones that provide cost savings.
                    Last edited by Farel'; 22 September 2004, 09:41.
                    Fail to prepare....prepare to FAIL!

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                    • #11
                      Look Familiar

                      GF, probably you already know, but the new NZ OPV looks familiar because it is designed by Kvaerner Masa Marine, the same people that designed Roisin and Niamh www.masamarine.com/ship_patrol.html
                      and www.masamarine.com/headlines.html
                      IAS

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                      • #12
                        However it also bears a striking resemblance,in my opinion to Eithne,P31.


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                        • #13
                          re: New NZ Ships

                          Will there be a decison on what equipment the Navy actually requires, not only the "wish lists", but what is actually required for both off-shore and in-shore patrolling.

                          Is there actually a decision in the pipeline or is it all "hype".
                          "Why am I using a new putter? Because the last one didn't float too well." -Craig Stadler

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                          • #14
                            Its hype,until we get a government with balls. For McGreedy to come along every year and tell us how much money he saved is well and good,but i would prefer my tax money to be spent on assets,instead of lying around losing value. Any successful business invests its profits in assets. You wont see Bill gates boasting that he has 70 zillion in the bank belonging to Microsoft...instead you will hear about all the companies he is buying to make microsoft an even bigger machine than it is today..

                            Spend the money! Spend it on stuff the people want! Dont throw it at the health boards,they will only spend it on another report as to why they are rubbish,and nobody will be saved. Spend it on assets! New equipment may not be popular in the crusty liberal world,but the fact is it creates jobs,which creates revenue! In the 80s,thousands kept their jobs because the Navy wanted to build their ships in Cork. In the 90s,People in Devon Kept their jobs because the navy wanted to build their ships in Appledore. Both facilities are now closed.
                            If the MLH deal hadnt been f**ked up,companies like FLS would be reaping the rewards today.

                            Its basic economics. To make money,you must spend it. If you save it,all you have left is what you saved. It will never grow while it sits in your pocket.
                            Fail to prepare....prepare to FAIL!

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                            • #15
                              The Kiwis are currently suffering from a situation that is the exact opposite of what is happening here.

                              Their Recruits are leaving because they are not going to sea. Withe the HMNZS CANTERBURY,traditionally the fleets training ship,being prematurely retired with her replacement not due for another 3 years,and the dramatically small nature of the NZ fleet,positions aboard the remaining ships,Te Kaha,Te Mana,and the Tanker Endeavour are very scarce with a strength of over 2000.


                              Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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