MoD awards Frazer-Nash-led consortium MARS contract

A consortium of companies, led by international engineering consultancy Frazer-Nash, has been awarded a contract to support the delivery of new Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker ships, as part of the MoD’s Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) programme.

The MoD has a requirement for a number of tanker ships, double hulled to reflect the need to comply with the International Maritime Organisation, which can effectively and efficiently replenish and sustain the Royal Navy.

Frazer-Nash and its partners — Seatec UK, Babcock Marine and Technology, Atos Consulting and LSC Group — will be providing Afloat Support Shipping Engineering and Technical Services to the MoD’s Afloat Support Project Team.

This will initially involve an extensive range of engineering services, including naval architecture, safety management and analysing through-life costs, to assist the project team in the review of proposals from five bidding companies.