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PostPosted: 16 Feb 2017, 15:04 
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According to this Defenceweb article the two preferred bidders for Biro and Hotel are Damen and SAS respectively.

http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?o ... Itemid=242

In my humble opinion this seems like a good way to go. Although I did think that Damen may have only been awarded the IPV part of Biro. I’m assuming the bare and basic hull of the OPV will be built in Europe (probably Romania like the Sarah Baartman) and then everything else done in Cape Town. I don’t think the yard in CT is big enough to build the proposed OPV design from scratch.

The IPV will surely have some commonality with the Damen Stan 4708 patrol vessels that the DAFF have. This would be cost-effective and make sense.

In terms of Hotel, and again in my humble opinion, I can imagine the hull and superstructure being built by SAS but a lot of the associated hydrographic equipment being supplied by overseas companies.

Let’s see how this all unfolds.


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PostPosted: 16 Feb 2017, 17:35 
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Damen's OPV offering is a Sea Axe design about 100m long, a decent size to handle the rough stuff and the long trips to the Prince Edward Islands and up both coasts on visits to our SADC neighbours. It's the largest of the OPV designs that were in the bidding.

The Stan 4708 comes in a Coast Guard version that the USCG bought as the "Sentinel-class cutter" so there's already plenty experience of the type/role.
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PostPosted: 16 Feb 2017, 18:48 
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Roger the Dodger wrote:
Damen's OPV offering is a Sea Axe design about 100m long, a decent size to handle the rough stuff and the long trips to the Prince Edward Islands and up both coasts on visits to our SADC neighbours. It's the largest of the OPV designs that were in the bidding.

The Stan 4708 comes in a Coast Guard version that the USCG bought as the "Sentinel-class cutter" so there's already plenty experience of the type/role.
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I thought one of the Biro requirements was to have a Helipad?


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Foxtrot wrote:
I thought one of the Biro requirements was to have a Helipad?

Helipad for the OPV, the above photo is the probable IPV.

Here is what the OPV looks like, it has a hangar, not just a helideck.Image


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PostPosted: 17 Feb 2017, 17:21 
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Ah, my bad.

Looks good then, a far cry from the Strike Craft.


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PostPosted: 17 Feb 2017, 17:32 
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Foxtrot wrote:
Ah, my bad.

Looks good then, a far cry from the Strike Craft.

Definitely! The strike craft/OPVs are not happy places in heavy weather, mainly due to their short length. At around 60m they are too close to the natural "wavelength" of the usual South Atlantic storm swellls. A longer boat sits in two (or more) waves at the same time so they don't get tossed around so much.


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