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SEA 1180 Arafura class Offshore Patrol Vessels

SEA 1180 Phase 1 OPVs will replace and improve upon the capability delivered by the 13 Armidale Class patrol boats by acquiring 12 new vessels, which will be known as the Arafura Class when they enter service from 2022.

The primary role of the OPV will be to undertake constabulary missions and the OPV will be the primary ADF asset for maritime patrol and response duties.

A competitive evaluation process (CEP) commenced in late 2015 and concluded with the signing of a contract with Lürssen Australia on 31 January 2018.

Lead ship HMAS Arafura, named after the Arafura Sea in northern Australia, is currently under construction at the ASC Shipyard in Osborne, South Australia.

The project will move to Henderson in Western Australia in 2020 where 10 OPVs will be built by Civmec in partnership with Lürssen Australia. It is estimated the $3.6 billion SEA 1180 project will create around 1,000 direct and indirect jobs.

Lürssen is a global leader in designing and building ships of the highest quality for demanding customers all over the world.

The German company beat out bids from Dutch company Damen, which was also partnered with ASC and Civmec, as well as German company Fassmer, which was in a joint venture with Austal, for the SEA 1180 project.

Civmec is an integrated, multi-disciplinary construction and engineering services provider to the oil and gas, metals and minerals, infrastructure, and marine and defence sectors.

Headquartered in Henderson, WA, Civmec has regional offices in Broome (WA), Darwin (Northern Territory), Newcastle and Sydney (NSW), and Gladstone (Queensland).


7 Apr 2020
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SCANTER 6002 radar selected for SEA 1180 OPVs
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As West Australian industry gears up for the Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) project, Civmec Construction and Engineering has completed its listing on t...
15 May 2018
Labor sounds the alarm on OPV contract
Just days after Offshore Patrol Vessel designer Lürssen announced months of negotiations with Austal failed to produce an arrangement to include the ...
20 Feb 2018
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13 Feb 2018
Defence denies cost increases to OPV contract
While Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) designer Lürssen and Australian shipbuilder Austal remain in contract negotiations for the SEA 1180 project, the ...
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The government has said the multibillion-dollar Offshore Patrol Vessel contract is now on track, however, Austal and Lürssen remain in negotiations...
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Years before the new frigates or submarines start construction, the first of the new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) will be in the water under the $4 ...
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