UK MoD’s Umbrella Contract for Small Boat Maintenance
Britain’s Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army, and the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Police have about 1,450 small boats that need to be maintained. They include offshore raiding craft, pontoons up to 50 metres in length, police launchers, Pacific 24 rigid inflatable boats (RIBs), and inflatables. Large ships get a lot of attention, but many of day-to-day missions rely on these craft in various ways.
Over the next 5 years, the UK will maintain work among 6 UK companies to provide maintenance, upkeep, repair, chartering, defect rectification, technical support, provision of spares and replacements:
- Devonport Royal Dockyard Ltd, based in Bristol and Devonport
- UK Docks Tyne Slipway and Engineering Company, based in Tyne and Wear
- Berthon Boat Company, based in Lymington
- MPI Services (UK) Ltd, based in Portland
- Marine Specialised Technology, based in Liverpool
- BAE Systems Surface Ships, based in Portsmouth
The contract’s maximum is GBP 111 million ($193 million). Source: UK MoD, “£111 million of work buoys UK’s boat support industry”.