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Cammell Laird Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders completes work on £9.1m MOD contract

posted on June 22, 2009 categories Project News

Birkenhead shipyard Cammell Laird Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders has completed a £9.1m refit of naval supply ship Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Bayleaf (see notes to editors).

Cammell Laird Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders Managing Director, Linton Roberts said the refit employed more than 150 staff over seven months.

“This was a complex military refit which required considerable skills and expertise to deliver,” he said. “Our aim was to ensure she is fit for purpose and able to operate more effectively and efficiently. On a historic note, it is always pleasing to dock a vessel built at this shipyard. After 27 successful years of service Bayleaf, along with her sistership Orangeleaf, are constant reminders of the high quality vessels produced at this yard in the past. It is pleasing that the specialist skills that built Bayleaf still survive and prosper within our workforce. And with 50 apprentices in training we are ensuring that this proud tradition continues far into the future.”

Cammell Laird Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders project director for Leaf Class and Rover Class vessels Peter Edwards said the refit covered a wide range of tasks.

“The refit included an overhaul of the main engine and generator, an upgrade of communications systems and a full upgrade of accommodation which was stripped out and refurbished,” he said. “The outer hull was repainted, the refuelling at sea (RAS) equipment was overhauled and new lifeboats and davits were installed. There were further overhauls to the main machinery including cargo and boilers and an upgrade to the medical centre and galley.”

Cammell Laird Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders Chief Executive John Syvret said the RFA Bayleaf refit was the latest contract to be completed under the new ‘through-life support contract’ signed with Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) in June 2008 for the maintenance of 11 ships in the RFA fleet for up to 25 years. (see notes to editors)

“The aim of the contract is for the shipyard to develop a long term, detailed understanding of the RFA flotilla,” he said. “By getting to know the RFA ships in depth, and by developing a close working relationship with the RFA and the MOD, we can deliver a more comprehensive, more efficient and ultimately more bespoke service. We believe that this helps us to deliver better value for money for the taxpayer. This was a terrific refit to work on and we very much look forward to seeing the RFA Bayleaf here again at the shipyard and maintaining her around the world.”

DE&S Afloat Support team’s Availability Manager Captain Jim Collins said: “RFA Bayleaf performs a demanding role; the large amount of fuel she carries and delivers around the world is crucial to front line military operations I know the ship’s company are very pleased with the work done and are already preparing to return to operational duties.”