BMT announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with DNV, a classification society and advisor to the maritime industry. This partnership marks a pivotal moment for Australian defence capabilities, particularly in accelerating BMT’s development of an Australian version of the CAIMEN Large Design for the future Landing Craft – Heavy (LC-H) program for the Australian Army.

Under this MoU, DNV will work with BMT throughout the process of tailoring our CAIMEN Large, to meet the Australian Army’s future requirements. DNV’s insights will ensure that BMT are able to identify and manage technical risk, minimising schedule impacts through early classification society engagement.

The collaboration aims to enhance the design maturity of the future Australian variant of BMT’s CAIMEN Large, reinforcing BMT’s commitment to delivering state-of-the-art, multi-mission amphibious capabilities to the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The CAIMEN Large is designed for operational versatility, capable of performing intense amphibious assaults and humanitarian missions, and is well-suited to support the ADF’s focus on enhancing amphibious capabilities in littoral environments.

“Partnering with DNV enables us to leverage their unparalleled expertise in certification and technical advisory, ensuring our designs meet rigorous standards and contribute effectively to Australia’s defence strategy,” stated Graeme Nayler, Regional Managing Director APAC, BMT. “This MoU sets the stage for a dynamic collaboration that will ultimately deliver enhanced operational capabilities to the Australian Army through a risk-based ship design.”

Tim Holt, Area Manager at DNV – Maritime, noted, “We are excited to work alongside BMT on this critical initiative. Our role in this partnership ensures the highest standards of design are embedded into the CAIMEN Large from the outset through a comprehensive technical assurance approach, supporting BMT’s vision of providing a future-ready defence capability.”


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