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November 16, 2021

ST Engineering to support construction of UAE Navy’s Falaj 3-class OPVs

The Falaj-3 class OPVs can execute maritime security missions and search and rescue operations.

Singapore-based ST Engineering’s Marine business has secured a subcontract to support the construction of the UAE Navy’s Falaj 3 offshore patrol vessel (OPV).

Issued by Abu Dhabi Ship Building PJSC (ADSB), the subcontract will see ST Engineering provide platform equipment and design and technical assistance services.

In May this year, ADSB received the original $952m (AED3.5bn) contract from the UAE Ministry of Defence (MOD) and UAE Navy to locally build four vessels.

ADSB is a provider of repair and maintenance services for naval and commercial vessels in the UAE.

ST Engineering noted that the OPVs contract received from ADSB covers the vessels’ basic, detail design and production design.

The company will also provide technical assistance during the construction of the first vessel.

Financial details of the contract remained undisclosed by the company.

ST Engineering Marine president Ng Sing Chan said: “We are honoured to have been selected by ADSB as one of their major partners in this very prestigious Falaj 3 programme.

“We are confident that our past experience in the design and construction of such class of vessels will position us and ADSB well to meet the challenges.

“We look forward to our partnership with ADSB in fulfilling its commitment to deliver four future-capable ships that will complement its existing fleet and help the UAE Navy accomplish its missions.”

The Falaj-3 class OPV are designed to conduct a wide range of missions, such as maritime security and search and rescue (SAR) operations.

The vessels are based on ST Engineering’s Fearless Class patrol vessels.

According to the company, the 60m Falaj-3 class OPV will be designed to meet International Classification Society Naval Rules.

Furthermore, the OPVs will be designed to meet 100% redundancy for critical systems and high survivability needs.

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