Defence minister Baroness Taylor announced recently that Birkenhead-based
Ships are grouped in clusters according to their duties and capabilities. The contractors will maintain and provide the necessary refuelling and refit work for 16 Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) vessels throughout their service lives.
Northwestern Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders (NSL) are contracted for the maintenance of four clusters of ships (11 ships in total) in deals worth over £180m over five years. Subject to key performance targets being met, the five year rolling contracts will run for up to 30 years.
Baroness Taylor said: ‘This is a significant change to the way in which they in turn are supported which will not only generate substantial savings for the public purse but will increase the ships availability and effectiveness to the fleet they serve.’
NSL managing director John Syvret said: ‘This is now our most successful year since launching NSL in 2001. We can look forward to the future from a position of considerable strength as we look to rename ourselves back to Cammell Laird, a move we hope will catapult us forward into the international ship repair, conversion and refit industry.’
RFA Gold Rover will be the first to undergo works under the new programme, which will be carried out by NSL.