In early 2017, Forgacs and ASC Shipbuilding joined forces to bid for the construction of 12 offshore patrol vessels and to explore opportunities to build other minor war vessels for the Royal Australian Navy and export markets.
Forgacs and ASC Shipbuilding were jointly chosen by two of the three shortlisted designers (Damen Gorinchem of the Netherlands and Lürssen Werft of Germany) that are bidding to the Commonwealth of Australia for the 12 x Offshore Patrol Vessel SEA 1180 Project.
Working collectively Forgacs, Civmec & ASC have agreed to share intellectual property regarding shipbuilding and steel fabrication through an Australia registered joint venture. The JV provides an integrated solution to shipbuilding production and in service support.
This will contribute to the Government’s naval ship building policy and creates the foundations for a fresh look at Australia’s future shipbuilding capabilities. It combines ASC Shipbuilding’s in-depth shipbuilding knowledge and Air Warfare Destroyer platform delivery experience with the skills and efficiency of Civmec – Australia’s largest, innovative and highly efficient steel fabricator for maritime and offshore applications.