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Decommissioned: ENDEAVOUR was the Navy's purpose built fleet replenishment tanker designed to refuel ships at sea enabling our frigates and other vessels to operate over long distances for extended periods of time. She operated independently throughout the Pacific and South East Asia as a key capability of the Navy and the New Zealand government. ENDEAVOUR was built in South Korea to a commercial design. Her replacement AOTEAROA is being built by the same shipping company.

ENDEAVOUR was delivered to the Ministry of Defence and commissioned into the Royal New Zealand Navy on 8 April 1988 and decommissioned on 15 December 2017. She was the third ship of this name to serve in the Royal New Zealand Navy and is named after James Cook's HM Barque Endeavour on his first voyage to New Zealand.

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Disposal Process and the Basel Convention

The disposal of ENDEAVOUR, is in accordance with the Basel Convention (Trans-shipment Of Waste).

  • The overarching objective of the Basel Convention is to protect human health and the environment against the adverse effects of hazardous wastes.

ENDEAVOUR will be scrapped in India, this is first time both New Zealand and India have processed a vessel under Basel. The voyage will take about 27 days leaving Devonport Naval Base on 20 March 2018.

The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal was adopted on 22 March 1989 and entered into force on 5 May 1992.

  • The management of hazardous wastes has been on the international environmental agenda from the early 1980s, when it was included as one of three priority areas in the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP), in response to a public outcry following the discovery, in the 1980s, in Africa and other parts of the developing world of deposits of toxic wastes imported from abroad.
  • It was against this background that the Basel Convention was negotiated in the late 1980s, and its thrust at the time of its adoption was to combat the “toxic trade”, as it was termed. It was adopted in 1989 and entered into force in 1992.

Tanker replacement - Aotearoa
The Maritime Sustainment Capability Project 

The Maritime Sustainment Project (MSC) will replace ENDEAVOUR.
On 18 July 2016, the Defence Force announced the $500m vessel's design and capability. South Korean firm Hyundai Heavy Industries, the world's biggest shipbuilder, has the contract for the tanker, for delivery in January 2020. 

  • Displacement: 24,000 tonnes
  • Beam: 24.5 metres
  • Draught: 8.5 metres
  • Length: 166 metres
  • Speed: 16 knots
  • Features: Ice-strengthening for operations in Antarctica 

Read more at Navy Today Issue 202 - August 2016.

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