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KNM Maud / Aegir Logistics Support Vessel - Project 2513

The Navy's new ship, the 26,000 ton KNM Maud, is 183 meters long and was delivered from the yard in Korea to Norway in November 2018. The ship would be able to load 40 20-foot supply containers of 20 tonnes each, in addition to fuel and ammunition. It also has its own helicopter hanger with space for two helicopters and helideck. KMN Maud also has its own workshop, hangar space for two helicopters, operating theatre and a hospital with 44 beds, and has a price tag of NOK 2.2 billion ($250 million).

The ship could not leave the dock until faults and deficiencies are cleared, which won't happen until the second quarter of 2020. The sailing ban was introduced based on assessed danger to crew safety by the DNV GL, the Norwegian-based certification company formerly known as Det Norske Veritas. Inspectors uncovered a series of onboard matters related to material safety and lack of maintenance. Additionally, much of the new and expensive medical equipment onboard has also come under scrutiny. For example, the oxygen generator, which is to be used to produce oxygen on board in the operating theatre, can pose a significant fire hazard.

Lars Gørvell-Dahll, the head of the Norwegian Maritime Industry Association, said the lack of maintenance on the KNM Maud is related to its two-year docking at the South Korean Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering shipyard, which barely survived a bankruptcy through a huge government rescue package. "It is rare for a vessel to receive a sailing ban from the DNV. So it must be relatively serious. It sounds like they have not done the necessary maintenance over the years the ship had been docked", Gørvell-Dahll suggested.

Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen said that the KNM Maud is currently in a test period intended to detect errors on the vessel. "This happens in all major acquisitions. The KNM Maud is under warranty and the yard is focused on fulfilling their warranty obligations. The focus now is on rectifying the deviations so that the planned exercise can start as soon as possible", Bakke-Jensen said.

Work on obtaining a new logistics vessel has been ongoing since 2002. Davøende FLO started the planning work in 2006 before "Project 2513" was approved by the Storting in 2009. As of 2009 the Navy had all the basic documentation prepared, and quality control evaluations have been done by external sources. The service expected to receive orders to carry out this assignment in early fall of 2009, and a contract was to be ready no later than 2010. The vessel would then be ready for delivery in 2013 and be operative from 2014.

The Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO) contracted one Logistics and Support Vessel (LSV), for commissioning in 2017 for the Royal Norwegian Navy (RNoN). NDLO would contract a specialist support team for the office in Okpo, South Korea.

GE was awarded in July 2013 for design Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO) logistics and support vessel (LSV) supported by sister companies BMT Reliability Consultants and BMT Isis. BMT had developed a strong relationship with DSME. Together, the two companies won a large project for the UK MoD to buy four tankers and a £140 million contract to design and build a logistics and support vessel (LSV) for the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation’s (NDLO).

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, won an order from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in South Korea for the design and delivery of MacGregor RoRo cargo access equipment destined for a 180m logistics and support vessel (LSV). The LSV contract was worth an estimated Au140m, with a proportion going to the three BMT Group defence subsidiaries who would work together with DSME to deliver the vessel.

The new logistic support vessel was built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering. The yard has had a challenging economic situation over time and the South Korean government contributed several rescue packages. It is essentially this situation which has influenced the progress of the project. The launch of the ship was originally planned for March 2016. According to the contract, the vessel was to be delivered on 30 September 2016. Due to delays at the yard, delivery was postponed until the autumn of 2017, with operations beginning only in 2018.

A key part of the joint working was the Detailed Design Working Groups. These groups are a contract requirement but have achieved far more than their defined objectives thanks to the pro-active participation of all parties. These meetings have provided opportunities for the experts from all 3 parties plus specialist sub-contractors, to get together and discuss the developing design. The development of mutual understanding of what lies behind some of the requirements, the challenges in meeting the requirements and the benefits of various design options has helped develop a really good design and significantly reduce the risk of future problems during acceptance of the ship. Of course we have had our challenges. Some have been quite significant, the electrical distribution system and HVAC design being two of the more significant. However all problems have been resolved to the satisfaction of all parties through open and constructive joint working, including major equipment sub-contractors.

On 20 May 2015 the Norwegian and Korean leaders came together for a steel cut ceremony. Three months after the first steel cutting, August 24, there was a fire at the yard. Two perished and seven were injured. Only two and a half months later, 10 November 2015, there was another fire with one death and seven were injured. These accidents occurred on two different gas tankers during construction, not on the Norwegian logistics ship. But the fires gave negative ripple effects to the company that had previously suffered from a financial crisis.

Daewoo Shipbuilding executive vice president of business development, Jang-Jin Kim, stated that the project is much more complex than initially assumed. "The timetable and budget of the logistics vessel have been underestimated. People have not understood the complexity of the work and the difficult work procedures that apply specifically to this project, wrote the director in an email to Teknisk Ukeblad in September 2017. On 12 September 2017 it was announced that the logistics and support vessel KNM Maud was delayed, with a new delivery date of 30 April 2018. Due to damage to her main engines, the navy took over Maud in a cermony at the Daewoo shipyard on 16 November 2018.

Even if KNM "Maud" was put into operational service as planned, in the spring / summer of 2019, the Navy also stated that the two ex-SHV and ex-Coast Guard vessels would be used for logistics tasks in the future. The ship "Magnus Lagabøte" serves as part of the logistical force of the Navy, together with "Olav Tryggvason". They were originally built for the Marine Protection Agency. The vessels would be part of the mobile logistics until KNM Maud came from Korea.

When the contract was signed in June 2013, an industrial cooperation agreement was also signed where DSME undertakes to make industrial cooperation in Norway for a hundred percent of the contract value of 235 million dollars, which equaled about two billion kroner. The Ministry of Defense states that at the 2017 revision, DSME had completed just under ten percent of its commitment.

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