After an extensive competitive evaluation process and request for tender evaluation (RFT) spanning approximately two years, Lürssen had the honour of being selected as the preferred prime contractor and designer for the SEA1180 Offshore Patrol Vessel programme. The contract has been signed in the name of Lürssen subsidiary, Luerssen Australia. In a major boost for Australian manufacturing, Luerssen Australia is now the contracted designer and builder. In cooperation with several Australian partners and with knowledge-transfer from the Lürssen headquarters, it will be leading a fully Australian build team to commence construction of the first of two vessels, which will be built at ASC’s Osborne, SA shipyard commencing in 2018. A further ten vessels will be built at the Civmec facility in Henderson WA.