Tuesday, 21 August 2007

And then there were none!

The last of the three Offshore Patrol Vessels built for the Royal Brunei Navy by BAE Systems at Scotstoun has finally left the Clyde under tow for Barrow-in-Furness. Following several months of protracted wrangling about the ships, BAE Systems and Royal Brunei Technical Services eventually settled a contractual dispute over the delivery of the ships, and with no prospect of the ships entering service, a German shipbuilder, Lürssen Werft, was approached to act as a broker for the onward sale or lease of the ships.

Each of the three ships has been towed to Barrow by Clyde Marine Services' new tug BRUISER, with the third ship, JERAMBAK, last to go. Highly sophisticated little vessels, it was claimed that they had failed to meet required specifications and they have lain at Scotstoun since they completed extensive sea trials some time ago.