On 27 November in Rotterdam, on the back of the NEDS conference taking place the next day, Navantia put more pressure behind its bid for the Royal Netherlands Navy’s WALRUS-class attack submarines replacement programme.
Recognising the wealth of expertise and experience inherent in the Dutch maritime industry cluster, Navantia organised a conference, attended by over 50 companies, during which it outlined its plans for involving Dutch industry in its bid to replace the WALRUS-class boats with a design based on its S-80-class, currently under construction for the Spanish Navy.
In addition, Navantia also took the opportunity to sign a Memorandum of Undertanding with Huisman Equipment, under which the two companies have agreed on a joint investigation of the potential for establishing submarine construction and assembly activities, based on the S-80 design, in the Netherlands.
Huisman Equipment has extensive experience in designing and building complex and demanding maritime and off-shore systems and its yard in Schiedam is well suited as a location for submarine construction. Both parties consider their mutual expertise very complementary and have agreed to work on a more detailed plan as a first step towards a strategic partnership in the event Navantia may be selected by the Netherlands Ministry of Defence.