The Skandi Bergen is an offshore Multi Purpose Support Vessel equipped with a 140 tonne crane, 7.2mx7.2m moon pool, helicopter landing deck, accommodation for 100 personnel and an open deck area of 1,100 m2.
At just under 106m long, 21m beam and with a draught of 6.6m she has a gross tonnage of 6,600 tonnes.
All very interesting but why is this on Think Defence?
The Skandi Bergen is now the property of the Royal Australian Navy.
19 March 2012
Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced that the Government had agreed to purchase the Offshore Support Vessel MSV Skandi Bergen.
The Skandi Bergen will add to the Royal Australian Navy’s current amphibious ships, HMAS Choules and HMAS Tobruk. The 6,500 tonne ship is 105m long and 21m wide. It has accommodation for up to 100 people, more than 1000 metres of deck area, and a helipad.
The purchase of the Skandi Bergen – at a cost of less than $130 million – will ensure that Defence has the humanitarian and disaster relief capability required between now and the arrival of the two new Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships in the middle of the decade.
It will primarily be used to transport troops and supplies in support of humanitarian and disaster relief operations domestically and in the region.
The purchase of this vessel will also provide a long term capability for Customs and Border Protection.
After Defence introduces the LHDs into service, the vessel will be transferred to Customs and Border Protection.
The Skandi Bergen will be able to undertake patrols in the Southern Ocean providing surveillance, detection and apprehension of any vessels operating illegally. The vessel is able to operate in sub-Antarctic weather conditions.
The commercial off-the-shelf vessel will require minimal modifications and will enter into service in the middle of the year and will be operated under a civilian crewing arrangement.
The Skandi Bergen is the sister ship of the ACV Ocean Protector, currently operated by Customs and Border Protection.
The Skandi Bergen will join the RAN’s rapidly growing amphibious capability, supplemented by the surplus HMS Largs Bay.
When the new Canberra class LHD are introduced into service the Skandi Bergen will join her sister ship, the ACV Ocean Protector, in service with the Customs and Border Protection.
At less than $130 million AUD or £87m pounds she is very good value for money.
With lots of good news coming from the South Atlantic courtesy of HMS Protector, another offshore support vessel derivative is it time to dust off the plans for SIMSS?