Specialised marine engineering services company CBG Systems has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Navantia to collaborate on the SEA 5000 project.
Under the MoU, CBG Systems, which has been supplying services to defence and commercial vessels for over three decades, would be in charge of insulation and fire protection supply and management, if Navantia secures the $35 billion Future Frigates program.
CBG currently designs, manufactures and installs a removable panelised structural fire protection system, a Class N-30 Navy approved system, which has been developed to withstand hydrocarbon fire and shock. The system consists of panels mounted below the deckhead allowing easy access to the vessel structure, increasing ease of access and reducing maintenance costs due to ease of handling.
CBG’s system is deployed on the Navantia designed on the Hobart Class destroyers, where CBG manufactures and installs the main machinery insulation.
Navantia Australia chairman Warren King said the Spanish ship designer was looking forward to continuing its relationship with CBG Systems.
"From our work together on the Hobart Class, Australia is already receiving the benefit of CBG’s involvement in naval warship construction," King said. "CBG is an industry leader, providing world-class fire protection and insulation, which will ensure the future safety of the frigates’ personnel. Together we will build on the success of the Hobart Class destroyers, to establish a sovereign naval shipbuilding capability in Australia."
CBG will also be responsible for the development of an insulation turn-key capability plan, which will includes a proposed approach to managing the skills and logistical requirements for insulation capability, including the supply and storage of the material; the location of warehouse facilities; and the allocation of work orders and workforce.
"We look forward to being able to share and further develop our capabilities in the marine insulation, communications and lightweight passive fire protection industry," said CBG managing director Javier Herbon.
"Through our partnership with Navantia we intend to continue to expand our technologies, keeping Australia at the forefront of the marine fire protection and insulation industry."
Rear Admiral Ret'd Steve Gilmore AM CSC, Tasmania’s defence advocate also welcomed the signing of the MoU.
"I am very pleased by the increasing rate of contribution from Tasmanian companies through a partnering approach with Defence industry primes such as Navantia," Gilmore said.
"This MoU highlights the enormous potential Tasmanian industry has to play in future projects. It is also clear recognition of the impressive reputation that CBG Systems has earned over a very long period as a reliable supplier to Defence."
The MoU signing with CBG Systems is the latest in a series of announcements from Navantia, which says it has identified over 300 Australian companies that have the capability to contribute to the Future Frigate Program. So far, the company has announced partnerships with WA's Hofmann Engineering to collaborate on joint development and secure provision of the propeller, main reduction gear and propulsion shafting, as well as WA's IKAD Engineering, which will work with Navantia to fabricate components for the F-5000.
Navantia has also signed an MoU with Century Engineering that would see the SA company work on rudder arrangement and stowage locker innovation for the F-5000 frigate. Century Engineering has previously worked with Navantia on the Hobart Class project. SA's SAGE Automation's also signed an MoU with the Spanish ship designer to supply the integrated platform management system (IPMS) for its Future Frigates bid.
Navantia is up against BAE Systems and Fincantieri for the $35 billion SEA 5000 project. A decision on the project has been tipped between the end of April and the start of June.