The Singapore Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) has signed a contract with Fr. Fassmer GmbH & Co. KG (Fassmer) to acquire four new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) to replace the existing Sentinel-class Maritime Security Response Vessels (MSRVs). The ships are based on a proven OPV design operated by the German Federal Police (Bundespolizei), and are designed with high manoeuvrability to operate in Singapore’s congested waters, and equipped with a suite of lethal and less-lethal capabilities to provide flexibility and calibrated response against a wide spectrum of maritime threats. The four OPVs will be delivered progressively from 2028 onwards. The MSRVs will remain in operational service until the OPVs are delivered and operationalised.
Fassmer’s extensive expertise in Offshore Patrol Vessel development is underscored by their groundbreaking OPV80 design, presently deployed from the North Sea to the Antarctic Ocean. The paramount necessity for vessels capable of enduring blue water operations, especially within Exclusive Economic Zones and beyond, demands robust hulls and resilient systems—qualities inherently embedded in Fassmer’s proven hullforms and naval steel construction, ensuring prolonged lifespans for the OPVs. Moreover, the design evolution incorporated into Fassmer’s OPVs is a testament to their commitment to increased efficiency, modularity, and safety margins. These vessels are meticulously crafted to optimize helicopter platform performance and enable seamless interdiction boat operations, catering to diverse operational requirements with unparalleled efficacy.
The new 86m Offshore Patrol Vessels “Potsdam” (BP81), “Bamberg” (BP82) and “Bad Düben” (BP83), three state-of-the-art new builds have successfully started their service with the German Federal Police. The three 86m long vessels each have a helicopter landing deck on which even the largest helicopter of the German Federal Police, the “Super Puma”, can take off and land. In addition, the ships offer storage options for containers with electricity and water connections, including special equipment. There are receptacles for fast emergency boats and sufficient accommodation for emergency personnel. The new vessels meet the latest emissions- and environmental standards. They are used on inspection and patrol missions on the North and Baltic Sea and support international police operations in conjunction with special forces worldwide.
Fassmer’s dedication to crafting high-performance vessels and systems tailored for defense and security needs has positioned them as the preferred choice for navies, coast guards, and government agencies worldwide. Their portfolio resonates with reliability, operational excellence, and adaptability, traits imperative for safeguarding maritime interests in challenging environments. Established in 1850, Fassmer’s legacy as a pioneering designer and builder of specialized vessels is renowned globally. Beyond shipbuilding, their expertise extends to crafting lifeboats, rescue crafts, and deck equipment for the maritime industry. With a workforce exceeding 1,500 across multiple global production sites, Fassmer’s commitment to innovation and quality service remains unwavering, encompassing a diverse range of industries from maritime to wind power, automotive, and leisure.