RNZN Protector Fleet

Brian Twyman
8th May 2010, 05:11
From 'Navy Today' , official RNZN publication - April 2010

Minister of Defence announces Project Protector settlement

Defence Minister, Dr Wayne Mapp, announced in Parliament on 25 February that a settlement has been reached with BAE Systems over Project Protector. The $NZ 500 million project had encountered various problems and delays.
“We have now finished the delivery process of the first of two Offshore Patrol Vessels, the OTAGO. [Delivery of] the second, WELLINGTON, will take place in May. This completes the delivery of the Project Protector Fleet and [the new ships] will be a substantial addition to the Navy,” Dr Mapp said.
He went on to say, “We have now settled the dispute on the defects of the CANTERBURY with BAE Systems, by mediation. BAE has paid $84.6 million to the Crown, based on current exchange rates. We initiated a legal process which resulted in a very good outcome; it will enable a comprehensive rectification of the defects of the CANTERBURY.”
The CANTERBURY has had problems due to the location of its RHIBs (seaboats) in alcoves below the flight deck. The ship lost one boat when heavy waves struck the ship near Auckland in 2007. The damaged RHIB later washed ashore on Great Barrier Island.
An inquiry found flaws in the alcove design, that water entered the cargo deck after the alcove doors were forced open by the sea, and that the ship endured severe rolling.
In October 2007, AHSO Byron Solomon drowned when an RHIB capsized after being lowered into the sea.

Brian Twyman
8th May 2010, 05:14
From 'Navy Today' official RNZN publication - April 2010

OPVs -The question of weight.

Although the OPVs are heavier than designed they are currently well within the weight margin that allows them to operate as specified. The issue is keeping growth in weight within the operating margin over the lifetime of the ships.
The Navy does not expect the additional weight to be a significant operational issue in the short or medium term and will put systems in place to carefully monitor weight gain over the lifetime of the ship.
The OPVs have strengthened hulls which enable them to enter southern waters where ice may be encountered. They are not designed as ice-breakers or to enter Antarctic ice-packs, but have the range and capability to undertake patrols in the Southern Ocean. The ships are currently well within the operating margin for weight, which means the ice-strengthening will be effective in waters where ice may be encountered. Over the life of the ships the weight will need to be monitored to ensure the ships remain within safe limits.

Brian Twyman
10th May 2010, 02:46
The seven RNZN ships of the Protector fleet are :

Naval Logistic Support Force:

Built : Merwede Shipyard in the Netherlands, under contract to Tenix
Dresign : based on a commercial RO-RO ship, Ben-My-Chree.
Purpose : Provides a sealift capability for the transport and deployment of equipment, vehicles and personnel, and is capable of transferring cargo and personnel ashore in benign conditions (up to sea state 3) when port facilities are not available. CANTERBURY has two 59 tonne Landing Craft Medium (LCM) capable of carrying 50 tonnes at 9 knots with a range of 250 nm.


Displacement: 9000 tonnes
Length overall: 131 metres
Beam: 23.4 metres
Speed: 19 knots
Complement: Core ship's company: 53
Flight personnel: 10
Government agencies: 4
Army ship's staff: 7
Trainees: 35
Troops: 250
Total: 360
Propulsion: Diesel engines
Flight deck: Space for two helicopters
Armament: 25mm and two .50 calibre machine guns
Helicopter capability
The NH90 Helicopter has been selected as the NZDF’s preferred medium Utility Helicopter to replace RNZAF’S Iroquois. Up to four NH90’s can be carried onboard the MRV for deployment ashore in support of Army operations and disaster relief activities. The MRV is also capable of operating the SH-2G Seasprite and the helicopter deck is able to handle a Chinook-size helicopter.

Offshore Patrol Vessels:



The two offshore patrol vessels will enable the RNZN to conduct patrol and surveillance operations around New Zealand, the southern ocean and into the Pacific.
The OPV’s are capable of many roles including maritime patrol, surveillance and response. They have the ability to conduct helicopter operations using a Seasprite SH2G helicopter, boarding operations using the ships Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats, or Military Support Operations with embarked forces.
The OPV’s have strengthened hulls which enable them to enter southern waters where ice may be encountered. They are not designed as ice-breakers or to enter Antarctic ice-packs, but have the range and capability to undertake patrols in the southern ocean where ice may be encountered.
The ships are highly automated and operate with a core crew of 35, plus 10 flight crew to operate a helicopter. The ships power and control systems are fully computerised


Displacement: 1,900 tonnes
Length Overall: 85 metres
Beam: 14metres
Range: 6000 nautical miles
Speed: Maximum continuous 22 knots
Complement :
Core ships company 35
Flight personnel: 10
Government agencies: 4
Additional personnel: 34
Total: 83
Armament: One 25mm Bushmaster Naval gun and two .50 calibre machine guns
Helicopter capability : Can embark the KAMAN SH-2G (NZ) Seasprite helicopter onboard.

Inshore Patrol Vessels:





The four IPVs were built Whangarei, to conduct maritime surveillance in support of civil agencies in the area from the shoreline to approx 24 nautical miles. The total requirement is for about 950 sea days annually. Tasks in the northern half of our EEZ (north of and including the Marlborough Sounds and Tasman Bay) are almost all inshore, with relatively constant levels of activity during the year. The Inshore Patrol Vessels are based on a Tenix-designed Search and Rescue vessel in service with the Philippines Coast Guard.


Displacement: 340 tonnes
Length Overall: 55 metres
Beam: 9 metres
Speed: 25 knots
Range: 3,000 nautical miles
Complement: Core ship's company: 20
Government agencies: 4
Additional personnel: 12
Total: 36

Source : RNZN


Brian Twyman
3rd June 2010, 12:47
(Just like her sister ship Otago )
When are Oz going to get it right ?

Engine trouble delays navy ship WELLINGTON
31 May 2010

The Royal New Zealand Navy’s second Offshore Patrol Vessel, HMNZS WELLINGTON, has experienced engine problems and has diverted to Sydney.

Engine faults were discovered while the ship was sailing from Melbourne to Auckland. HMNZS WELLINGTON was in the Tasman Sea, approximately 200 miles from Sydney, when a water seal in the port engine leaked, and the starboard engine’s control system developed an intermittent fault.

It was considered prudent to rectify both faults before continuing to Auckland, so HMNZS WELLINGTON diverted to Sydney arriving in the early hours of this morning.

Technicians from the engine manufacturers MAN have met the ship in Sydney and are working with the ship’s engineers. As the ship’s engines are under warranty, Sydney offers the best support to have the faults rectified.

The Navy now expects WELLINGTON to arrive in New Zealand towards the end of next week.

Source : RNZN media release 31 May 2010

Brian Twyman
6th June 2010, 00:50
The New Zealand Navy's newest vessel, the HMNZS Wellington, had only just left the ship building yard in Melbourne before trouble struck.

It's the second of two $90 million ships built in Melbourne to have engine trouble. The issue was over a small crack which formed in one of the engine seals, causing a coolant leak.

"The evidence was lots of coolant dripping down the engine," said engineering officer Matt Penny.

So the ship turned around and steamed back to Australia.

"In the interests of safety and the inability to effect repairs we reversed course and came to Sydney," said Simon Rooke.

Once there, the engineers set about fixing the same problem that struck the Wellington's sister ship, HMNZS Otago, on its maiden voyage home in March.

Rooke remained philosophical about the setback.
Source : TVNZ

10th June 2010, 06:42
See it broke down again! Perhaps we should practice our towing techniques?
New Zealand has a Navy, it just can't get out of Australia!