Ministry of Defence Small Boats Contract Awarded to Liverpool Based MST
Marine Specialised Tech Ltd (MST), a Liverpool based manufacturer of rigid inflatable and high speed workboats has secured a contract with the Ministry of Defence worth a share of £111m, along with six other UK companies.
MST will become responsible for maintaining and supporting a 1,450 strong fleet on behalf of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and MoD Police. This fleet includes a range of small boats from inflatables, Pacific 24 Ribs, police launches, offshore raiding craft and pontoons up to 50 metres in length. MST will support the fleet by offering maintenance, technical support, upkeep, repair, chartering, defect rectification, supply of spares and replacements. The contract has generated 10 new jobs at MST, creating a workforce just under 100 people.
Small boats are essential to the wide spectrum of activity around the world carried out by the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and MoD Police. The announcement that MST had won the contract, comes after 18 months of talks between the MoD and the manufacturer and marine support company.
Philip Dunne,the Minister for Defence Equipment Support and Technology said
The award of these contracts by the MoD provides the UK’s marine support industry with a steady volume of work, helping to maintain technical and engineering skills in this sector.
The competition attracted interest from across the marine industry, and is another example of the MoD’s commitment to seek best value for money from the commercial market.
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Article by Jack Bartrop