Wednesday, October 5th, 2016
Steller Systems has been awarded a major 3½-year contract by Thales to provide stability and structural support for the modernisation of the Royal Thai Navy’s Bang Rachan Class Minehunters.
The upgrades to the HTMS Bang Rachan and HTMS Nong Sarai vessels include the fitment of a new state-of-the-art sonar and other systems, as well as repairs and general modernisation in order to extend their operational life by over 15 years.
Steller Systems’ structures team has conducted surveys of the vessels and is currently completing detailed FEA assessments for the installation of new systems.
Meanwhile the stability team is producing stability models of the vessels, to enable the management of stability of the vessel throughout the upgrade programme and to develop Stability Information Books providing guidance to the masters. In support of our stability analysis Steller Systems will be conducting a number of inclining experiments and deadweight surveys to understand the ships’ lightship post-upgrade and to ensure compliance with design standards.
Completion of this work in 2019 will ensure that these vessels remain fit for purpose for the Royal Thai Navy.