Small boats contract

Thu, 04 September 2014

Marine Specialised Tech Ltd (MST), a Liverpool, UK-based supplier of rigid inflatable and high speed workboats, has been announced by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) as one of six UK companies who will share £111 million of new contracts to maintain its fleet of small boats.

The five year contract will involve support for a fleet of 1,450 boats used by the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and MoD Police, including offshore raiding craft, Pontoons up to 50 metres in length, police launches, Pacific 24 RIBs and inflatables.

MST will provide maintenance, upkeep, repair, chartering, defect rectification, technical support, provision of spares and replacements for the fleet.

Minister for Defence Equipment Support and Technology, Philip Dunne, said “The award of these contracts by the MoD provides the UK’s marine support industry with a steady volume of work, helping to maintain technical and engineering skills in this sector.

“The competition attracted interest from across the marine industry, and is another example of the MoD’s commitment to seek best value for money from the commercial market.”

Small boats make up a vital part of the UK’s military effect, from policing the UK’s Naval Bases to counter-piracy operations off Africa, to training new recruits in the Royal Navy. The award of the contract follows 18 months of intensive consultation between the MoD and MST to ensure the continued support of the small boat fleet.

By Jake Frith

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