SEA 5000 contender Fincantieri has appointed a founding member of the Naval Ship Classification Association (NSCA) and the International Naval Safety Association (INSA) as its technical partner for the Royal Australian Navy’s Future Frigates program.
Fincantieri announced certification, testing, inspection and consulting company RINA has been appointed as its technical partner in the risk reduction and design study (RRDS) and prospect classification society for the $35 billion SEA 5000 project.
RINA is directly involved in the classification and statutory certification of the Italian FREMM multi-mission frigates (Bergamini Class), which are the reference design for the SEA 5000 proposal from Fincantieri.
Paolo Moretti, chief customer officer marine and transport for RINA Services, said the company is looking forward to extending its presence within the Australian naval market.
“We are delighted to extend our naval portfolio and increase our footprint in the Australian market," Moretti said.
"Being fully recognised by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority to act on behalf of the Australian flag administration, we are already providing classification and statutory surveys for commercial ships, in particular livestock carriers, and yachts through two marine survey stations located in Brisbane (Queensland) and Perth (Western Australia)."
RINA is already investing in the Australian market in the cruise ships sector and the yacht classification society. The company said its expansion plans also include advisory services relating to the transportation and renewable energy sectors. RINA is managing projects including the extensions of the Perth's railway network and a specialist team based in Sydney has provided advisory services for over 2 gigawatts of renewable energy projects over the past 12 months.
BAE Systems of the UK and Navantia of Spain are also tendering for the SEA 5000 project, which will see the winning bidder design and build the vessels in Adelaide, with construction set to begin in 2020.
A decision on the successful tenderer is expected by April next year.
The nine new anti-submarine warfare frigates will replace Australia's Anzac frigate fleet.