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Armed Naval Icebreakers (A/OPS)  –  Industry News Release  –  June 2008

BMT  Fleet Technology  News Release  —  AOPS   Definition,
Engineering, Logistics  and  Management Support  Contract

Update:  Oct 2012 – The 'Implementation Phase' delivery dates running from 2013 to 2019 mentioned below were first slid forward to initial delivery by 2015. Then an LOI for AOPS  (and JSS ) In-Service Support contracts was amended to delete reference to "delivery of the first ship expected to be in 2018" leaving that first date unknown.
Defining and Managing the Canadian Forces Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship Project

The contract award for AOPS  DELMS  –  or  Definition, Engineering, Logistics and Management Support – is covered in two industry news releases. One is from BMT Fleet Technology of Kanata, Ontario which was awarded the DELMS contract. The other is from Aker Yards Marine Inc, a Vancouver BC-based consulting naval archi- tecture and marine engineering firm,  a part of  the BMT team for the AOPS DELMS.

The other members of the BMT AOPS DELMS team are BAE Systems of Glasgow, Scotland; Calian, a quality assurance services firm based in Kanata, Ontario; plus various other elements of  the larger BMT Group throughout the world.

With the contract award came the release of  AOPS [1] conceptual artwork.  Many differences are apparent from Svalbard, the presumed model for Canada's planned AOPS. Features are reviewed in Background: Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS).

Technical details of the proposed AOPS are covered separately in a summary of the Proposed  Ship Capabilities  and  Technical  Statement of  Operational Requirement.


[1] Note that the AOPS Project Management Office has dropped the slash in A/OPS

The BMT Fleet Technology news release follows,  with the Aker release below that.

BMT Fleet Technology News Release

BMT Fleet Technology to support Canadian Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship project

13 May 2008

BMT  Fleet Technology  Limited  has been awarded the Definition, Engineering, Logistics and  Management Support (DELMS) contract for the  Canadian Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) project. The Canadian navy will acquire between six and eight  ice-capable patrol ships to assert and  enforce sovereignty in Canada's waters, including the Arctic. The ships will be gun-armed, have sophisticated sur- veillance and communications equipment and may carry a helicopter. AOPS will be able to operate in medium first year ice and sustain operations for up to 4 months.

Under the DELMS contract, BMT will assist Canada's AOPS Program Management Office by exploring many technical and program issues during the Definition Phase of the project, and supporting the PMO during the Implementation Phase to deliver ships from 2013 to 2019. Much of the work during the Definition Phase (2008 - 2009) will be to develop an illustrative design [ie: a representative concept design] of the AOPS. The illustrative design will allow the PMO to refine and validate the ship specification and Statement of Work to be used to select the contractor for Project Implementation. The DELMS contract includes a defined Core Component worth approximately $4.5 million, and emergent tasks during the initial duration of 4 years could raise the total value to $13 million. The DELMS contract may be extended for up to an additional ten years and a total of over $18 million.

BMT has assembled a strong team to cover the breadth of technical subjects requi- red for AOPS DELMS. BMT's own strengths of  ship design and  arctic operations and its experience of supporting the Joint Support Ship PMO will be supplemented by Aker Yards Marine (AYM) and BAE Systems. AYM of Vancouver brings experi- ence of  design and construction of icebreakers patrol vessels, and will be a key re- source for the Definition work. BAE Systems of Glasgow, Scotland has also design- ed and built patrol vessels, and designs and integrates combat systems for numer- ous ship types. Other companies within the world-wide BMT Group will provide specialist skills as required. Calian of Ottawa will provide some key resources.

Andrew Kendrick, BMT Fleet's Vice President of Operations, said: "We are delight- ed to be in on the ground  floor for this important project.  The AOPS project will benefit from our experience of supporting the Joint Support Ship PMO under a simi- lar contract, and our team looks forward to contributing its range of strengths to the Definition Design."
BMT Fleet Technology News Release

Aker Yards Marine Inc. to support BMT Fleet Technology in Canadian Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) Projec

26 May 2008

Aker Yards Marine Inc. (AYM) is pleased to be a member of the team assembled by BMT Fleet Technology Limited that has been awarded the Definition, Engineering, Logistics and Management Support (DELMS) contract for the Canadian Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) project. The Canadian navy will acquire between six and eight ice-capable patrol ships to assert and enforce sovereignty in Canada's waters, including the Arctic.

During the definition phase (2008 - 2009) AYM will utilize its experience and expertise in the design of patrol vessels and icebreakers to support the BMT team in the development of an illustrative definition design for the AOPS. The definition design will allow the PMO to refine and validate the ship specification and statement of work to be used in the selection of the contractor for project implementation.

The AOPS project builds on AYM's experience developing cost effective offshore patrol vessel designs for the Royal New Zealand Navy and the Irish Naval Service. AYM will be supported by the considerable expertise available within the Aker Yard Group in the design and construction of ice going vessels including the resources of Aker Arctic Technology in Helsinki, Finland and Aker Yards in Langsten, Norway. Aker Yards designed and  built  the  Norwegian Coast Guard  icebreaking offshore patrol vessel  KV Svalbard  which will be a valuable reference for the AOPS project.


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