Baker McKenzie advised ASC OPV Shipbuilder Pty Ltd on its subcontract with prime contractor Luerssen to construct two Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) in the ASC shipyard in Adelaide. Luerssen is the German ship designer selected by the Commonwealth to design and construct 12 Offshore Patrol Vessels (in total). The Offshore Patrol Vessels will be followed by the Future Frigates and Future Submarines as part of the Australian Government's $90 billion naval shipbuilding program.
Baker McKenzie lead lawyer on the deal, Geoff Wood stated: "We are delighted to have acted for our client, ASC, Australia’s largest specialised defence shipbuilding organisation. The deal with Luerssen will propel the Government's shipbuilding program forward and is a great outcome for our client."
In a major boost for local jobs and advanced manufacturing, Luerssen Australia and ASC commenced construction on the first of 12 OPVs for the Royal Australian Navy.
The first two OPVs will be constructed at the Osborne Naval Shipyards in South Australia by ASC with the Australian steel cut in Western Australia by Civmec.Geoff was assisted by a Baker McKenzie team comprising: Adrian Lawrence, Sally Pierce, Maria Hurley-Smith, Linda Hamilton, Robyn Farrell and David Cooper.