Hanwha Ocean proposes strategic partnership in Poland’s Orka Project ~ KSS III to bring military, industrial, and economic benefits to Poland.
Press Release, Seoul, 29 November 2023: Hanwha Ocean, a maritime sector entity within the Hanwha Business Group in South Korea, has expressed its aspirations for a strategic collaboration with Poland in the naval sector.
During a press conference at Hotel Belloto in Warsaw, Hanwha Ocean unveiled a comprehensive package of proposals. The company aims to present to the Polish Navy its cutting edge and sea proven KSS III Submarine, contributing to enhanced security in the Baltic Sea. Additionally, Hanwha Ocean shared its vision for Poland by establishing a strong industrial partnership, bringing economic and industrial benefits to the country.
Vice President Sung Kyun Jeong, Head of Hanwha Ocean’s Naval Ship International Business, said: “We are ready to offer the KSS III Submarine, one of the world’s best submarines, for Poland’s Orka Project. We also want to share our long term vision for the partnership with Poland on this occasion.”
Currently in active service with the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy, the 3,600 ton class KSS III has demonstrated advanced technologies and capabilities, contributing to enhanced deterrence of Poland. Hanwha Ocean envisions not only providing state of the art submarines but also offering comprehensive training programs for the Polish Navy. Collaborating with the Korean Navy, the training will encompass basic submarine courses, equipment operation training, tactical training with simulators, and onboard training at sea. Hanwha Ocean also mentioned that the Korean Navy is willing to support sea trials and on the job training, as well as share its submarine operation and maintenance know how with the Polish Navy.
In a move to bolster Poland’s self sufficiency in maintaining its submarine fleet, Hanwha Ocean plans to establish a Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) Center in Poland. This centre will not only provide technical support through an on site team but also ensure the timely delivery of spare parts, manage obsolescence, and offer extensive MRO knowledge, empowering Poland to independently sustain its submarine fleet efficiently.
Expanding beyond the military scope, Hanwha Ocean’s proposal aims to foster a strategic pathway for Poland’s industry. The collaboration goes beyond naval projects, encompassing partnerships in commercial vessels and offshore projects, showcasing Hanwha Ocean’s expertise in these domains. The company also expresses a keen interest in exploring opportunities in renewable energy and engaging in research and development with Polish institutes and universities.
Highlighting the comprehensive nature of the collaboration, Hanwha Ocean envisions a contribution to the growth and prosperity of both nations. The proposal is designed to stimulate local prominent small and medium sized enterprises, create jobs, and cooperate in reciprocal technology development. By offering a holistic approach to industrial cooperation, Hanwha Ocean aims to position itself as a long term partner, fostering enduring ties between South Korea and Poland.