Ministry of Defence awards Cammell Laird five year Royal Fleet Auxiliary cluster contract extension
The Ministry of Defence has extended its Royal Fleet Auxiliary through life support ‘cluster’ contract with Birkenhead based shipyard and engineering firm Cammell Laird it announced today (December 2).
The agreement will see Cammell Laird continue its maintenance contract for 9 ships of the RFA Flotilla until 2018. Cammell Laird first secured the through life support contract in 2008.
Cammell Laird managing director Linton Roberts said the company is ‘absolutely delighted’ to see the contract extended.
“A huge amount of effort, energy and dedication has gone into delivering the highest quality maintenance service on RFA vessels since 2008,” he said. “So we are very pleased to see the work recognized and our contract extended following a ‘value for money’ review by the Ministry of Defence (MOD).
We have been working closely with the MOD on this contract for nearly five years and have built a very strong partnership. There is greater continuity of support and engineering, with the ships maintenance here in the UK and around the world now being carried out by the same teams. This results in more preparation time, more in depth understanding and knowledge of the vessels, better specifications, reduced costs, increased vessel availability and a focus on continuous improvement and innovation.
2012 alone has seen five major refits conducted at our Birkenhead yard and numerous maintenance periods supported around the world – in places as diverse as the Bahamas, the Falklands, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. The contract has seen Cammell Laird provide truly ‘global reach’ support over the past 4 years, with maintenance to RFA vessels carried out on every major continent.”
Cammell Laird chief executive officer John Syvret CBE said:
“Based upon the strong foundations we have jointly laid, we look forward to working in partnership with the MOD for another five years to further improve value for money and levels of vessel availability.”
Head of Commercially Supported Shipping for Defence, Equipment and Support, Commodore (RFA) David Preston said:
“These contracts represent the best value for money for Defence and each of the companies has a proven track record in supporting the Royal Fleet Auxiliary on a worldwide basis – this ability to support the Navy wherever they are deployed is critical to UK Defence.”