Poland Resurrects Ratownik

 In Industry, Acquisition, & Innovation, CEE, Defense, Industrial, Forces & Capabilities

After a few months of uncer­tain­ty, Poland has relaunched the Ratownik pro­gramme to pro­cure at least one modern rescue and sal­vage ship for the Polish Navy.

The Polish MoD decid­ed to skip the open tender pro­ce­dure and select­ed state-owned PGZ as the main part­ner for Ratownik.

Ongoing dis­cus­sions between the MoD Armament Inspectorate and PGZ (and a number of its sub­sidiaries) focus on the pro­gramme budget and deliv­ery sched­ule, as well as indus­tri­al work­share. Shephard Defence Insight esti­mates the pro­gramme value at $432.8 mil­lion.

Ratownik is ear­marked to replace two elder­ly Piast-class ships (ORP Piast and ORP Lech) which entered ser­vice in the 1970s.

However, until recent­ly the fate of the pro­gramme hung in the bal­ance after a first attempt was cancelled in April 2020. The Armament Inspectorate stated at the time that  the man­u­fac­tur­er failed to reach a number of mile­stones in the project. However, var­i­ous media reports at that time informed that finan­cial issues also played a hand in the deci­sion to cancel the project.

The orig­i­nal Ratownik project called for pro­cure­ment of a single pro­to­type vessel, with the option to order anoth­er if exten­sive tests of the ini­tial ship proved its required oper­a­tional capa­bil­i­ties.

A con­tract was signed in late 2017 for PLN755 mil­lion ($180.6 mil­lion) with a PGZ-led con­sor­tium of Polish com­pa­nies.

The pro­to­type Ratownik vessel – based on a design from MMC Ship Design & Marine Consulting in Gdynia – was to have been deliv­ered by November 2022.

The vessel would have been 95m long with a beam of 18.8m and draught of 5m. It was expect­ed to have a max­i­mum speed of 16kt and dis­place­ment of about 6,000t.

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