New Zealand Navy Polar-Class Logistics Support Vessel Signed Off At Hyundai Heavy

A new state-of-the-art 26k tonne Maritime Sustainment and Capability vessel for the Royal New Zealand Navy has successfully completed its series of 7 Contractual Sea Trials and was delivered on 8 June 2020. SeaQuest Marine Project Management oversaw the entire 28-month construction which was undertaken by Hyundai Heavy Industries, Ulsan, South Korea.

The HMNZS AOTEAROA departed from South Korea on 10 June 2020. The tanker and replenishment ship will be the largest the Royal New Zealand Navy has ever operated.

The primary role of AOTEAROA will be to provide global sustainment to New Zealand and coalition maritime, air, and land forces with fuel, ammunition, and other equipment supplies.

New-Zealand Navy Polar-Class Logistics Support Vessel Signed Off At Hyundai Heavy
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SeaQuest was entrusted with a prestigious job in April 2017.

Work started with a 3D design review and plan approval in close cooperation with the New Zealand Navy, followed by construction supervision. The SeaQuest plan approval and site teams included specialist supervisors for hull & structure, machinery & outfitting, electrical & automation, ICS & IPMS, paint & coatings. SeaQuest’s ISO 9001:2015 certified Quality Assurance system ensured a smooth process throughout the project.

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The vessel has been built to the highest level of Lloyds Register of Shipping standards, in addition to complying with NATO & Naval Rules.

SeaQuest CEO Jan Andersson was delighted with the finished vessel.

“We feel extremely privileged to have successfully completed this project for the NZ Navy,” he said.

“SeaQuest were tasked with the design review, plan approval and construction supervision of this challenging and advanced MSC Polar Class 6 vessel.

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“Once again we have proven that our experience in supervision and familiarity with Far Eastern builders can aid a newbuilding project like no one else.

“This is the third time we have looked after a naval support ship, first from Royal Fleet Auxiliary UK, second from NDLO Norway and now from NZ Crown.

“SeaQuest is fully equipped to serve any naval project to the best of our abilities again in future.”

AOTEAROA is winterized and ice-strengthened to increase New Zealand’s ability to replenish and resupply their – and other countries’- Antarctic programmes.

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It has two identical replenishment at sea stations and is able to liquid transfer to two vessels simultaneously.

The ship is powered by a Combined Diesel Electric and Diesel (CODLAD) propulsion system developed by Rolls Royce.

AOTEAROA can generate 250 tonnes of freshwater per day and has an aviation capability that allows it to operate all New Zealand Defence Force helicopters.

In addition, AOTEAROA has sick-bay treatment facilities with a medical ward and ensuite gymnasium, Wi-Fi connectivity in recreation spaces, library and training facilities, and cabins with integrated ensuites.

HMNZS AOTEAROA specifications

IMO 9816220

  • Class: Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR)
  • Shipbuilder: Hyundai Heavy Industries, Ulsan, South Korea
  • Length: 173.2 metres
  • Beam: 24.5 metres
  • Draught: 8.4 metres
  • Displacement (full): 26,000 tonnes
  • Propulsion System: Combined Diesel Electric and Diesel (CODLAD) provided by 2 x diesels supplemented by 2 x electric power take in motors, 2 x flap rudders and 2 x controllable pitch propellers
  • Power generation: 4 x 2.6MW, 1 x 410KW emergency generator
  • Range: 6,750 nautical miles
  • Design speed: 6 knots
  • Total liquid cargo capacity: 9,500 tonnes
  • Dry goods cargo capacity: 22 x twenty-foot equivalent units
  • Core Crew: 64
  • Bunks: 100

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