Lithuanian Maritime Cluster and OSK Design forge alliance to enhance Baltic naval security

By Defence Industry Europe

The Lithuanian Maritime Cluster and OSK Design have embarked on a groundbreaking partnership, set to advance maritime security in the Baltic region. This strategic alliance focuses on the custom design of patrol vessels, specifically tailored to meet the unique requirements of the Lithuanian Navy.

 

Approximately a year ago, the Lithuanian Navy and the local maritime business community announced their ambitious goal to conceptualize a new generation Navy warship. A significant step in the implementation of this project took place on February 15, 2023, when a cooperation agreement was signed at Klaipėda seaport, marking the official commencement of this cutting-edge technology project.

 

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The newly established consortium, comprising Western Baltic Engineering – a member of the Lithuanian Maritime Cluster – and OSK Design, will focus on providing tailored solutions, thus giving a significant boost to this already ongoing project.  The collaboration aims to develop advanced patrol vessels, an endeavor that is seen as crucial for Lithuania and beneficial for the broader Baltic region. This initiative is not just a national project but extends its scope to foster active cooperation with maritime clusters in Latvia and Estonia, thus bolstering maritime security and sovereignty for NATO countries along the Baltic Sea.

The partners believe that the robust maritime industry of the Baltic region, with its extensive shipbuilding and repair facilities, combined with the rich experience and competence in the area, forms a solid base for the successful execution of this project. The partnership places significant emphasis on maximizing local production in collaboration with maritime clusters across Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia. The aim is to involve local naval designers, engineers, and workforce throughout the shipbuilding process – from construction to outfitting and equipping – which is expected to spur economic growth and job creation in the region.

 

 

Marius Arkušauskas, Director of Western Baltic Engineering, and Jacob Thygesen, CEO of OSK Design, jointly express their pride in offering their expertise and resources to Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia. They are confident that the design and capabilities of the multipurpose ships will efficiently serve the maritime needs of these countries, both now and in the future.

This collaboration between WBE and OSK Design marks a significant stride in the Baltic shipbuilding industry and reflects a shared commitment to enhancing cooperation amongst the Baltic states. It is a step towards ensuring a safer, more secure, and proactive maritime future for the region.

 

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