After analyzing the responses offered by each candidates, the Indonesian Ministry of Defense down-selected 3 companies to participate in the final negotiations: 2 from South Korea and OCEA, the only candidate to offer an aluminum vessel.
OCEA was selected as the winner of the tender and signed a contract with the Indonesian Navy on 1 August 2012. The contract includes the delivery of two vessels fully fitted for oceanographic and hydrographic research missions as well as associated logistical support.
The OCEA offer includes a funding agreement with France. Agreement between the banks and the French Ministry of Finance resulted in the keel laying of the first vessel in October 2013. The sister-ship will be launched in Q2 2015.
These ships are designed to study the waters and sea-bottom of the Indonesian archipelago and are therefore equipped with the most advanced technical and scientific equipment:
» An AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle by Kongsberg) capable of performing missions autonomously.
» An ROV (remotely operated underwater robot by ECA) which is involved in specific tasks.
» An 8 meter hydrographic craft equipped for data gathering along the coast in shallow areas. Designed by OCEA the two craft (one for each vessel) will be made in Indonesia.
» Several integrated sensors (fitted below the keel at the bow) allow data recovering and analysis.
Integrated logistics support associated with the contract consist in:
» Technical Documentation for operation and maintenance.
» Crew Training: Technical and Scientific (40 sailors per ship).
» Maintenance training (16 people per ship).
» On site technical assistance.
OCEA's offer also included a specific formation: A Master's degree in hydrographic science for an Indonesian engineer at ENSTA in Brest (Engineering school specialized in science and technology of the sea).
The first of two OSV 190 SC-WB built by OCEA for the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) is launched in the water in France last month.