Atlas Elektronik Finland, as prime contractor has successfully completed the Mid-Life Upgrade programe for three PANSIO-class inshore minelayers of the Finnish Defence Forces.
The third and final upgraded ship, PYHÄRANTA, was delivered to the Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command in the end of November. The first ship, PANSIO, was delivered in October 2016 and the second, PORKKALA, in May 2017. The contract for the mid-life upgrade was signed in May 2015. On the occasion of the handover ceremony, Jaakko Savisaari, CEO of Atlas Elektronik Finland, said: “All ships were delivered on schedule and all customer requirements were fulfilled. The success of this project has been achieved by the professionalism and expertise, the good cooperation, trust and transparency of the whole team. We, the shipyard, our sub-suppliers, Logistics Command and the end-user, the Finnish Navy, have all shared the same objective.”
The mid-life upgrade consisted of replacing all ship systems and bringing new systems onboard. The ships were originally delivered in the beginning of the 1990s. The minelaying and maritime transport capacity of the ships was maintained and support ship functions were developed in the upgrade. The ships are now capable of serving the Navy far into the 2030s.