New naval tanker for the New Zealand Defence Force

28th May 2018

The construction of the modern state-of-the-art Maritime Sustainment Capability (MSC) vessel for the New Zealand Defence Force has started at the Hyundai Heavy Industries yard in Ulsan, South Korea, with the Steel Cutting ceremony held on the 29 January 2018.

The MSC vessel can conduct simultaneous Replenishment at Sea, on Port and Starboard with its twin mast. It has a flight deck and hangar with helicopter vertical replenishment (VERTREP), helicopter in-flight refueling (HIFR), hospital facilities, IMDG cargo containers and fresh water supply ability for global support, disaster relief and reconnaissance missions. The vessel, having Polar Ice Class 6 winterization for -25ºC, is suitably equipped for Antarctica operations.

The MSC vessel is classed to the highest LR class and fully compliant with latest IMO regulations and NATO ANEP. It is fitted with propulsion and steering redundancy, twin CPP and engine rooms, combined diesel-electric and diesel propulsion, ultra-modern navigation, communication, command & control systems. The new ship is being built according to stringent quality standards, with high strength steel and ARMOX protection and will be the prime jewel of New Zealand Crown's naval fleet.

SeaQuest is privileged and proud to undertake the MSC vessel plan approval and construction supervision. Jan Andersson, SeaQuest Managing Director & General Manager, is leading our professional site team of expatriate and Korean experts, working proactively with diligence for the entire phase of plan approval, construction, testing, commissioning and trials to achieve delivery of the vessel to New Zealand Defence Force.

SeaQuest has the unique privilege of doing the newbuilding supervision for the Military Afloat Reach & Sustainability (MARS) tankers for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) UK, the Logistic Support Vessel (LSV) for the Norwegian Navy NDMA and the MSC vessel for New Zealand Defence Force. Three MARS tankers have been successfully completed and delivered to RFA UK. The last MARS tanker and the LSV have completed all tests and trials and are soon due for delivery.


Mincaper Steel Cutting

28th May 2018

The steel cutting ceremony of the two Polar Code / Ice Class “mincaper” bulk carriers supervised by SeaQuest took place in the workshop of Shanghai Shipyard on 28 May 2018.
The ceremony was attended by SeaQuest project manager on behalf of the owners, DNV-GL and shipyard representatives.

SeaQuest has been in charge of the project management since the early stages, providing a crucial contribution to the finalization of the shipbuilding specifications and makers list. We just completed the plan approval and our site team first inspector is now regularly attending the yard.


Suezmax Product Oil Tanker Project Completed

28th Mar 2018

Toady AMPTC has taken delivery of the fourth and last Suezmax product oil tanker built by Hyundai Heavy Industries in their Ulsan yard.
SeaQuest has supervised 8 tankers for this Egypt/Kuwait based company since 2011.


MARS Tanker Naming Ceremony

13th Mar 2018

RFA Tideforce, the final of four Tide-class tankers being built for the UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary in South Korea by DSME under the supervision of SeaQuest, was named on January 24 in a ceremony attended by Royal Marine General Gordon Messenger, British ambassador to Republic of Korea Charles Hay and a number of shipyard and government officials.

In his speech, General Messenger thanked the team who worked together so successfully to deliver another fine vessel: SeaQuest is a very proud member of such team and was mentioned first in the row of team players.

To view a short video clip of General's speech click on the below icon: