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Friday, June 12, 2020 

A new 26,000 dwt Maritime Sustainment and Capability vessel for the Royal New Zealand Navy has successfully completed its series of seven Contractual Sea Trials and has been handed over by Hyundai Heavy Industries, Ulsan, South Korea.

SeaQuest Marine Project Management oversaw the entire 28-month construction of the HMNZS Aotearoa, which will be largest vessel the Royal New Zealand Navy has ever operated. Its primary role will be to provide global sustainment to New Zealand and coalition maritime, air and land forces with fuel, ammunition and other equipment supplies.

SeaQuest began the prestigious job in April 2017, starting with a 3D design review and plan approval in close cooperation with the New Zealand Navy, followed by construction supervision. The vessel has been built to the highest level of Lloyds Register of Shipping standards, in addition to complying with NATO & Naval Rules.

SeaQuest CEO Jan Andersson said: “We feel extremely privileged to have successfully completed this project for the NZ Navy. SeaQuest were tasked with the design review, plan approval and construction supervision of this challenging and advanced MSC Polar Class 6 vessel. Once again we have proven that our experience in supervision and familiarity with Far Eastern builders can aid a newbuilding project like no one else. This is the third time we have looked after a naval support ship, first from Royal Fleet Auxiliary UK, second from NDLO Norway and now from NZ Crown."

Aotearoa is winterised and ice strengthened to increase New Zealand's ability to replenish and resupply its - and other countries'- Antarctic programmes. It has two identical replenishment at sea stations and is able to liquid transfer to two vessels simultaneously. The ship is powered by a Combined Diesel Electric and Diesel (CODLAD) propulsion system developed by Rolls Royce.

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