KV Nordkapp, lead ship of a class of three which will be replaced. Photo by Marcusroos
The Barents Observer reports Norway is ordering three new icebreaking cutters for the Norwegian Coast Guard which will replace the Nordkap class.
I note the Nordkapp class looks like they could have been a contender for the OPC contract–3.200 tons, 345 ft (105 meters) long, ice strengthened, helo deck and hangar, 22 knots, 57mm gun, plus hull mounted sonar and provision for adding Penguin ASCMs and ASW torpedoes. The new ships may end up looking a lot like the OPC.
Various reports indicate that VARD (which was largely responsible for the design of the OPC) is now the preferred bidder. According to the German Navy blog “Marine Forum”:
Sounds more likely than ever the resulting ship will look a lot like the OPC.
“Norway plans to order three vessels for its coast guard from the Vard Langstein shipyard, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement on Friday…. 6.8 billion Norwegian crowns ($869.44 million) contract”
Vard won the contract as expected.
Vard also designed the OPC, so thought perhaps these would be similar, but the Norwegian ships will be much larger, 136 m compared to 110 m in length and 22 m compared to 16 m.
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