HMNZS AOTEAROA, New Zealand Logistics Support Vessel signed off at Hyundai

11th Jun 2020

A new state-of-the-art 26k tonne Maritime Sustainment and Capability vessel for the Royal New Zealand Navy has successfully completed its series of 7 Contractual Sea Trials and was delivered on 8 June 2020. SeaQuest Marine Project Management oversaw the entire 28-month construction which was undertaken by Hyundai Heavy Industries, Ulsan, South Korea.

The HMNZS AOTEAROA departed from South Korea on 10 June 2020. The tanker and replenishment ship will be largest the Royal New Zealand Navy has ever operated.

The primary role of AOTEAROA will be to provide global sustainment to New Zealand and coalition maritime, air and land forces with fuel, ammunition and other equipment supplies. 

SeaQuest was entrusted with the prestigious job in April 2017.

Work started with a 3D design review and plan approval in close cooperation with the New Zealand Navy, followed by construction supervision.  The SeaQuest plan approval and site teams included specialist supervisors for hull & structure, machinery & outfitting, electrical & automation, ICS & IPMS, paint & coatings.  SeaQuest’s ISO 9001:2015 certified Quality Assurance system ensured a smooth process throughout the project.

The vessel has been built to the highest level of Lloyds Register of Shipping standards, in addition to complying with NATO & Naval Rules.

SeaQuest CEO Jan Andersson was delighted with the finished vessel: “We feel extremely privileged to have successfully completed this project for the NZ Navy," he said.  
"SeaQuest were tasked with the design review, plan approval and construction supervision of this challenging and advanced MSC Polar Class 6 vessel.
Once again we have proven that our experience in supervision and familiarity with Far Eastern builders can aid a newbuilding project like no one else.
This is the third time we have looked after a naval support ship, first from Royal Fleet Auxiliary UK, second from NDLO Norway and now from NZ Crown.
SeaQuest are fully equipped to serve any naval project to the best of our abilities again in future.

AOTEAROA is winterised and ice strengthened to increase New Zealand's ability to replenish and resupply their - and other countries'- Antarctic programmes.
It has two identical replenishment at sea stations and is able to liquid transfer to two vessels simultaneously.
The ship is powered by a Combined Diesel Electric and Diesel (CODLAD) propulsion system developed by Rolls Royce.
AOTEAROA can generate 250 tonnes of fresh water per day and has an aviation capability which allows it to operate all New Zealand Defence Force helicopters.In addition, AOTEAROA has sick-bay treatment facilities with a medical ward and ensuite gymnasium, Wi-Fi connectivity in recreation spaces, library and training facilities and cabins with integrated ensuites.

To download the Press Release click here.


Finnlines Green 5th Generation vessels supervision awarded to SeaQuest

23rd Apr 2020

Finnlines state of the art zero emission Green 5th Generation vessels supervision contract awarded to SeaQuest

SeaQuest Marine Project Management has been entrusted with the prestigious construction supervision job for three Green 5th Generation zero emission NB Ro-Ro vessels for Finnlines at China Merchants Group’s Jinling Shipyard.

Finnlines Plc, a Finnish shipping company and part of the Grimaldi Group, had placed the order of the three Hybrid Ro-Ro Ultra-Large Green vessels at Jinling Shipyard back in 2018.

The vessels, whose basic design was developed by Danish ship designer Knud E. Hansen, are based on the same hull as the Grimaldi Green 5th Generation (GG5G) vessels under construction at the same yard (238m length, 34m beam), but customized to the needs of Finnlines allowing for heavy cargo and operation in cold climates with the highest Finnish/Swedish ice class 1A Super. They aim to be flexible enough for all types of Ro-Ro cargoes, with a capacity of 5,800 lane meters and more than 5,000 square meters of vehicle decks.

The vessels will be built with the latest technological and environmental solutions in mind. The new Ro-Ros will implement green features such as lithium batteries to provide electricity, guaranteeing zero emissions whilst in port and an innovative air lubrication system to reduce hull resistance using a thin layer of bubbles below the keel to ensure the lowest CO2 emissions.

The supervision site office at Jinling yard will open at beginning of June 2020 and function until the delivery of the last vessel which is expected by the end April 2022.

Announcing the contract, SeaQuest Managing Director and Chief Executive, Jan Andersson, said:
We are extremely pleased to be selected to look after the construction of these challenging and advanced vessels, which will be the most innovative and efficient ro-ro vessels in the world. Finnlines has invested heavily in technology and sustainability of the fleet operations and the company is a forerunner in green shipping”.

He added: “We shall prove once more that our experience in supervision and familiarity with Far Eastern builders can serve a newbuilding project like no one else. This is the second time Finnlines have bestowed their trust in SeaQuest for a project in China, we are privileged and look forward to collaborating with them again in future”. 

The site team, composed of a SeaQuest Site Manager and specialist supervisors for machinery & outfitting, hull & structure, electrical & automation, coating and a secretary / document controller, will also include Finnlines inspectors along with support of the Finnlines newbuilding department, and operate in accordance with SeaQuest’s ISO 9001:2015 certified QA system. Particular attention will be paid to the special requirements of these large vessels which include ice-class, winterization, green & energy saving solutions and operational flexibility.

The site team will operate under the mentorship and guidance of Jan Andersson who is a Far East resident. As the Project Manager for the newbuild project he will provide guidance, support and direction for any major or strategic issue which may impact on key events, ships’ delivery or cost.

The press release is available here.


Algeria Ferries RO-Pax launched

5th Apr 2020

The Algeria Ferry RO-Pax hull number 17121028 has been floated-out in GSI dry dock, after a series of routine checks duly monitored by SeaQuest supervision team.

The project has entered in the final construction phase which includes, among other crucial activities, the completion of the interior outfitting of all crew and passenger accommodation areas.

The delivery is scheduled by mid 2021.