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John Civie wrote:
I'm not very familiar with MARS and can't find that much on the web but why are they more than likely to be built abroad the goverment has bent over backwards to keep UK ship building alive with massive delays and cost overruns yet a potential for up to 6 (yeah right) orders to the yards has been sent abroad while no doubt we'll end up paying the cost to keep ship building afloat.they look from the CGI to be very similar to the Waves which arn't even in their teens at the moment so why we don't see a follow on of waves mk2 espechaly with BAE threatening redundancies and yard closures and CVF modules being shuffled around so eveyone still has work and as i understand bae were trying to get brazil to buy some waves within the last few years. it just dosn't make sense to me they come in on time and budget but we'll still pay the cost to keep the yards open it might even help keep yards open between CVF & Astute and T26 & Trident replacment
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Moskit wrote:BAE had the option to bid, but chose not to. I believe this was due to their capacity being fully taken up with T45 and CVF. The fact that no other UK yards decided to bid should tell you something about the current UK capability in this area.
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Meeware wrote:Good news. It's sad there isn't a UK or even European based commercial enterprise with the capability to do this work, but there we go- not much point in squandering scarce defence pounds on subsidising poorly run businesses in the UK.
Feb 22 12 7:46 PM
Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) is pleased to announce it is
the preferred bidder for the Royal Navy's MARS (Military Afloat Reach
and Sustainability) Tanker. DSME and partners will provide the
specialised design and build of four new logistic support vessels, to be
operated by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA).
The contract will be worth an approximate GBP452 million, with a
significant proportion going to sub-contractors and partners. As part of
the RFA's fleet, the MARS Tankers will offer logistical support to the
Royal Navy by providing fuel, food and fresh water to naval vessels at
sea. The vessels will each be just over 200 metres in length, 28 metres
in beam, and have a displacement of over 37,000 tonnes. Each will be
able to carry the equivalent volume of more than 7 Olympic-sized
swimming pools of fuel cargo. This new addition to the fleet is due to
be in service with the RFA from 2016 onwards.
The winning bid combines outstanding shipbuilding quality and
superior technology from DSME with naval design expertise from
Bath-based BMT Defence Services with their AEGIR® vessel design. These
Naval Auxiliaries will exploit the economic efficiencies of the
world's premier shipbuilder, whilst retaining UK capability, knowledge
and skills in naval ship design and engineering.
DSME is the world's pre-eminent specialised shipbuilder with a proven
record of delivery spanning both complex commercial and military ships.
From commercial tankers and offshore platforms, to destroyers and
submarines, DSME is recognised as a world leader in the construction of
technically demanding vessels. The commercial build and outfitting
practices adopted for the MARS Tanker, will deliver an efficient, high
quality build process.
With the RFA Flotilla providing ever greater support to Royal Navy
operations as well as providing a visible UK military presence across
the globe, the BMT-AEGIR® platform design has been specially optimised
for the requirements of the Royal Navy and RFA. It utilises a hull
design that meets the latest marine pollution regulations and adopts
design principles that are common with the latest Royal Navy platforms.
DSME and its partners have refined this design in conjunction with many
Sang-Tae Nam, President and CEO of DSME commented; "DSME is
especially proud to have won this important contract from the UK MOD, it
shows a level of confidence in our ability to build ships to time, cost
and performance. This significant win in the UK, coupled with our
recent Indonesian submarine order, helps to further broaden our
international business credentials. Exporting these MARS Tankers to the
UK adds to our already strong and competitive portfolio, and we have no
doubt that the great and longstanding relationship between DSME and BMT
will be strengthened by this success.
Muir Macdonald, Managing Director of BMT Defence Services said: "We,
and our partners DSME, are delighted with this result against such
strong international competition and are looking forward to reinforcing
our partnership with this joint success. I know we shall very much
enjoy working closely with the MOD to now deliver these ships that are
such an important addition to the RFA fleet. It will be a privilege to
work with a shipbuilder with the reputation and capabilities of DSME; it
gives BMT a massive boost in further proving our design and engineering
expertise." He continued: "The global market for auxiliary vessels will
remain strong over the next couple of decades and the selection of our
AEGIR® design puts Britain in pole-position for championing our design
and know-how around the world."
Chief Defence Materiel, Defence Equipment and Support, Bernard Gray:
"After an open, fair and rigorous competition involving bidders from
around the world, DSME emerged as the preferred bidder. The DSME
solution offers the best operational capability for the Royal Navy at
the lowest whole life cost. A foreign build offers best value for money
for Defence, whilst the UK SME Company BMT Defence Services -AEGIR®
design ensures our ability to meet international maritime obligations
and provides the means for the Royal Navy to operate worldwide."
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