RNZ Navy’s new fleet replenishment ship approved

HMNZS Endeavour’s $493 million replacement was been announced this afternoon (July 2016)(see September update below, re Rolls Royce), with the government’s approval to purchase.

rnzn_tanker2The tanker will be ice-strengthened for Antarctic operations, winterised, and will be the largest vessel ever operated by the Royal New Zealand Navy.

In the Royal New Zealand Navy’s August edition of Navy Today will feature a closer look at the ship design and what it will be designed to do.

The Request for Tender for this project closed on 24 June 2015.

Following an evaluation of the responses, Hyundai Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, both of Korea, have been shortlisted to provide Best and Final Offers.

New Zealand news reports say Hyundai Heavy Industries won the contract, with delivery expected in 2020 (two years after Endeavour is scheduled to retire).

HMNZS Endeavour (A11) is the current fleet oiler for the Royal New Zealand Navy. She is named after James Cook’s Bark Endeavour and is the third ship in the RNZN to carry that name.

Endeavour was built in South Korea to a commercial design and commissioned on 8 April 1988.


UPDATE – 21 September 2016:


Rolls-Royce has secured a milestone contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI)

to provide a concept design based on the Rolls-Royce Environship Leadge Bow.

This marks the first reference for the award-winning wave-piercing hull form in the

naval sector. Rolls-Royce will also equip this new 23,000t Polar-class logistics

support vessel, which will replace the New Zealand Defence Force’s 30-year-old

tanker HMNZS Endeavour.

The prime contractor HHI will undertake detailed design and build the vessel as part

of the NZDF’s Maritime Sustainment Capability (MSC) project, using the Rolls-Royce

Environship concept design under licence.

Commenting on the contract, Sam Cameron, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President

Sales and Business Development – Naval, said: “We see significant value in the

Environship concept in the naval sector. Winning this milestone contract is of

considerable importance to our naval ship design offering, which is new to Rolls-


“We have worked with HHI on a number of vessels, but this the first project in which

we will collaborate on the conceptual design requirement. We look forward to

working with HHI in delivering the MSC Support Ship and providing through-life

support to the New Zealand Navy.”

The vessel will be based on a modified Environship hull form designed to meet

NZDF requirements for a heavily winterised, ice–strengthened vessel capable of

carrying out operations in a challenging Antarctic environment.

Aside from the bespoke Environship concept design, the Rolls-Royce scope of

supply is extensive and includes a Combined Diesel Electric and Diesel (CODLAD)

propulsion plant based on twin Bergen main engines. These will each drive, via

reduction gears, a controllable pitch propeller. Rolls-Royce will also supply the

propeller shafts.

Electrical power will be supplied by Rolls-Royce in the form of four MTU gensets

from Rolls-Royce Power Systems, which will also provide power to the Rolls-Royce

supplied switchboards, motors, drives, bow thruster and the electric RAS/FAS

system, which allows for simpler and quieter replenishment/fuelling-at-sea

operations. Rotary vane steering gear and rudders form part of a stand-alone


Ben Dunscombe, Rolls-Royce Programme Executive, Asia, who is responsible for

the delivery of the project, said: “We have pooled our resources across Rolls-Royce

to bring together a unique array of our equipment to meet the specification. To meet

the high winterisation and Polar Code 6 requirements, propellers and the main and

auxiliary engines will be slightly larger.”

In what is an ambitious time frame, Rolls-Royce is scheduled to deliver equipment to

the South Korean builder from 2018. The vessel is scheduled for a 2020 delivery.














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