ASC welcomes Luerssen to Osborne Shipyard

ASC has welcomed permanent representatives from Offshore Patrol Vessel
(OPV) prime contractor Luerssen to the Osborne Shipyard ahead of the start of
fabrication of the first OPV.

Winning designer-prime Luerssen selected ASC as the shipbuilder for the first
two OPVs. The project will see several hundred jobs added across shipbuilding
in South Australia in the next two years.

On completion of the first two vessels, the project will move to Western
Australia for construction of the ten further OPVs, making way for the start of
the Future Frigate program at Osborne Shipyard from 2020.

“The arrival of our employees in Adelaide in addition to the teams in Henderson
and Germany is an important milestone for Luerssen and the Offshore Patrol
Vessel (OPV) project,” said Tim Wagner, Managing Director of Luerssen
Defence and Director of Luerssen Australia.

“It’s another tangible sign of our commitment to assisting Australia develop a
sovereign naval shipbuilding industry that will be the equal of any in the world.
ASC Shipbuilding General Manager – Shipbuilding Schemko Bialek said, “the
arrival of the Luerssen staff is an important part of preparing for production on
the first OPV in November 2018. The growing ASC OPV project team at
Osborne look forward to working closely with the Luerssen team to ensure a
successful start of production”.

“ASC has demonstrated experience at building warships and working with
project partners here in Osborne and we look forward to working with Luerssen
as our Customer in the coming months and years.”

The first Luerssen staff include five engineers and structural, mechanical and
quality fields and arrived in Osborne earlier this month. ASC’s OPV project
team, which will work closely with the Luerssen team, currently numbers
approximately 15, recruited internally and made up of experienced project
planners, engineers, quality staff and production personnel.

Companies interested in supporting Luerssen Australia as a supplier can register
their interest at
More information: Jeremy Roberts, ASC Communications Manager,
on 08 8348 7990 or

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