NZDF Orders Tanker at HHI

Image Courtesy: Hyundai Heavy Industries

South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has won a NZD 493 million (USD 350 million) contract to build a naval tanker for the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF).

The vessel, whose purchase has been approved by the New Zealand Government, is expected to be delivered by 2020.

The tanker will be ice-strengthened and winterized for operations in Antarctica, the country’s defence minister Gerry Brownlee said.

The project is said to support a full range of NZDF deployments, including maritime sustainment and humanitarian and disaster relief operations.

The new tanker would replace the 30-year-old tanker HMNZS Endeavour, which currently provides fuel to Royal New Zealand Navy and other partner nations’ ships and embarked helicopters, and supplies fuel and fresh water to support land operations. The tanker is due to retire in 2018.

“The Defence Force can’t operate without fuel, water, ammunition and other bulk goods, and the most effective way to deliver fuel to ships, aircraft and vehicles deployed overseas is by tanker. This vessel will be significantly larger, will be able to refuel two ships at a time while underway, carry and refuel Defence Force helicopters, produce and store water, and store and transport bulk goods,” New Zealand’s defence minister, Gerry Brownlee, said.

With 2016 being one of the toughest years for the shipbuilding industry, HHI is one of the South Korean “Big Three” shipbuilders struggling to attract new shipbuilding orders.

The company submitted its self-rescue plan in May and following an approval from its creditors, HHI said last month it intends to implement a USD 3.02 billion worth management improvement plan by 2018.

Share this article

Follow World Maritime News

In Depth>

Events>

<< Apr 2017 >>
MTWTFSS
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

THE 30TH WORLD PORTS CONFERENCE Enabling Trade Energizing The World

This event is expected to have more than 500 attendees from the field of port, logistics, shipping and maritime industry…

read more >

Singapore Maritime Week 2017

Singapore Maritime Week (SMW) is the leading maritime event in Singapore. Driven by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), SMW…

read more >

Breakbulk Europe 2017

For more than a decade, Breakbulk Europe has served as the networking hub for industry professionals who do business in Europe — or would like to! Exhibitors and sponsors include cargo owners, ocean carriers, freight forwarders, ports/terminals, heavy haulers, equipment companies and more that are involved in this specialized industry.

In addition to exceptional networking opportunities, Breakbulk Europe provides a dynamic conference, along with a range of educational and training workshops — intensive all-day classes held the day before the exhibition opens as well as many on-the-floor sessions.

  • Over 7,600 participants attended Breakbulk Europe 2016
  • Meet with over 400 exhibitors and sponsors
  • Hear from industry experts, including leading shippers, during the conference sessions
  • Learn new skills in the educational workshops held before the exhibition and on-the-floor micro-seminars and exhibitor-led sessions during the event

More info

read more >

Smart Operations

Smart Operations events, from Fathom Maritime Intelligence, examines how to use intelligent shared integration, and connected operations…

read more >