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New Zealand Southern Ocean Patrol Vessel Industry Briefing

Wednesday 9 October
This event is open and complimentary to PACIFIC 2019 trade visitors, exhibitors and conference delegates.
Click here to register and make your expression of interest to attend (please note that your expression of interest does not guarantee you a place; Numbers at the PACIFIC 2019 complimentary conferences are limited and spaces are not guaranteed. Attendance is subject to availability and is on a first come, first served basis).
Starboard Theatrette, Hall 1, ICC Sydney

The New Zealand Government’s requirements for a new Southern Ocean Patrol Vessel will be discussed at this industry engagement session.

Industry will hear from the integrated project team from the Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force, who are responsible for delivering this project. The session will cover New Zealand’s maritime patrol requirements, provide an overview of some of the technical considerations for operating in the Southern Ocean, and indicative timing for the project.

The Royal New Zealand Navy will undertake whole-of-Government tasking within the Southern Ocean and Ross Sea areas, and any new vessel will need to be able to conduct patrols across a wider range of ice conditions than is possible with the current naval patrol fleet. It must meet regulatory requirements under the International Polar Code, allowing New Zealand to operate with reduced risk to sensitive environments and ecosystems, and meet expectations in relation to safety of life. 
Industry need to register to attend the session.

There will also be a limited number of opportunities to meet one-on-one with the project at PACIFIC 2019.


Robert Galvin

Raised in the United Kingdom, Robert joined the Royal Navy as an Engineer in 1991 spending the majority of his early military career serving in submarines and specialising in underwater sensors and communication systems.  Since leaving the Navy and emigrating to New Zealand in 2003, Robert held a number of senior leadership roles before joining the Ministry of Defence in October 2017.

Robert possesses significant experience in project delivery, governance, and stakeholder relationship management. In addition to his Engineering qualifications, Robert holds an MBA from the Victoria University of Wellington and is a current member of the Institute of Directors.  He lives in Wellington with his wife Wendy and has a grown up daughter Nicole who is studying Fine Arts at Massey University.

Sally Garrett

An environmental scientist with 18 years professional experience, Sally is currently the Research Lead Mission Systems and Battlespace Awareness at the Defence Technology Agency.  Sally has had a research interest in the Southern Ocean and Ross Sea since 2007 and has supported operators heading south for OP CASTLE and OP ENDURANCE since 2011; as well as developing the environmental conditions for the Maritime Sustainment Capability and more recently the Ocean Patrol Vessel project.

In 2016, Sally formed an international consortium including DTA, Navy, University of Melbourne, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of Melbourne and MetOcean to study Southern Ocean waves.  In 2017 this group successfully deployed the first moored wave buoy in open ocean south of 47 S and have used the measurements to optimize wave forecasting model setups for the area funded by the US Navy Office of Naval Research.

CDR Mark Tapsell RNZN

Commander Mark Tapsell joined the Royal New Zealand Navy in 1990. Career highlights include participating in the 1995 V-Day celebrations in Pearl Harbour, being part of the build and commissioning crew of HMNZS TE MANA and prior to his current position, undertaking the role of the principal marine mechanical engineer within the combined RNZN and Babcock New Zealand Centre of Engineering. Mark assumed his current role as the Capability Integration Lead for the Southern Ocean Patrol Vessel Project in July 2018.

He currently lives in Wellington with his wife Justine, son Rory and two dogs. His daughter Pia lives in Auckland and combines playing rugby with studying at University. Mark enjoys surfing, playing and coaching rugby, and supporting his children's spot.

Further enquiries:
Jennifer Sebastian 
Project Coordinator 
New Zealand Ministry of Defence